Hong Kong just had its warmest January on record
Average temperature of 18.5 degrees highest since records began, back in 1885
The first month of this year was the warmest January in Hong Kong since records began in 1885, according to the Observatory.
Locals experienced a record-breaking average temperature of 18.5 degrees Celsius – 2.2 degrees warmer than the normal monthly average of 16.3 degrees, the Observatory said on Thursday.
Li Kin-wai, chief experimental officer at the Observatory, said it was the hottest January since records began.
The unseasonably hot weather was down to no substantial cold surge affecting the Guangdong coast, he said.
The second-warmest January was in 1901, when temperatures averaged 18.3 degrees – much warmer than last year’s 16 degrees.
Last month’s average daily minimum temperature was also warmer than usual, at 17 degrees, 2.5 degrees higher than the average daily low in January.
And the month was drier than usual, with only 7.8mm of total rainfall, less than a third of the normal 24.7mm.
The record-breaking January follows a relatively toasty December, which was the third-warmest in more than 130 years.
The hottest day of the month was January 6, when sunny skies saw temperatures hit 25.5 degrees.
January also saw more sunlight than usual, with 145.1 bright sunshine hours, 2.1 hours more than the average for January.
Northerly winds brought the city dry and cool weather towards the end of the month, bringing the temperature down to 13.6 degrees on January 22, the month’s coldest day.
There was only one tropical cyclone over the South China Sea and the western North Pacific last month.