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Cool weather set to hit Hong Kong on chief executive election day

Sunday temperatures are expected to hover between 14 and 17 degrees with rain forecast; weather will improve next week

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 March, 2017, 3:58pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 March, 2017, 8:36pm

Cooler climes and unsettled weather is set to arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday, the day of the election for the city’s next leader.

Temperatures are set to dip to a low of 14 and a high of 17 degrees Celsius on Sunday. Rain is likely to feature regularly.

“People should take necessary precautions especially if they engage in outdoor activities,” Observatory scientific officer Hon Kai-kwong said.

The city has basked in warmer conditions over the past week. On Saturday, temperatures rose to 21 degrees.

12 weather records broken in 2016 for Hong Kong but ‘normal’ winter expected

An Observatory weather forecast update said: “The northeast monsoon will bring rather cool and rainy weather to the south China coast tomorrow.”

The gloomy, wet weather will pass quickly over Hong Kong and conditions will once again improve, with Thursday likely to be the best day. Temperatures are forecast to reach 24 degrees on that day.

“Under the influence of a dry continental airstream, it will be generally be fine over southern China on Monday. A relatively mild easterly airstream is expected to affect the coast of Guangdong midweek next week,” the Observatory statement said.

Hong Kong has seen one of its warmest starts to a year since weather record-keeping began in the city, extending a streak of ­progressively mild and at times non-existent winter conditions.

Mean temperatures from ­December to February hovered at a balmy 18.4 degrees, which was 1.4 degrees higher than the 30-year norm ­between 1981 and 2010.

The last time mean winter temperatures hit such levels was in the 1998-99 winter. That winter and the most recent are tied as the city’s warmest since the Observatory began collecting data in 1884.