Hong Kong weather

Cold snap sends Hongkongers to hospital as temperatures hit new low

Cold Weather Warning remains in force, with separate yellow fire warning issued

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 2017, 3:07pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 2017, 3:23pm

The mercury dropped to a fresh low on Sunday morning at 10.6 degrees Celsius – the coldest this winter.

Over the past few days, about 30 people have sought hospital accident and emergency services due to the cold snap, according to Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man.

“I expect more people will seek medical consultation at the A&E department when the weather gets warm,” he said, as the overall number of people seeking help at public hospital emergency departments hit 6,000 per day over the past few days.

Sunday’s weather will remain mainly cloudy throughout the day, with one or two patches of rain, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

A Cold Weather Warning, first issued on Thursday, is still in force.

The Observatory issued a separate yellow fire warning at 11.34am on Sunday, indicating that fire risk is high.

“The northeast monsoon will continue to bring cold and cloudy weather to the South China coastal areas today,” the Observatory said.

But temperatures are expected to rise in the next few days as the southeastern China region comes gradually under the influence of a dry continental airstream, which will bring warm weather.