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Hong Kong weather

Hong Kong swelters ... and it is going to carry on for five days

Observatory issued very hot weather warning early on Tuesday morning, with temperatures expected to remain high over the next five days

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 11:36am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 5:34pm

Hongkongers have been advised to get their wide-brimmed hats and loose-fitting clothes out ahead of a five-day heatwave set to hit the city over the next five days.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued the very hot weather warning at 6.45am on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 32.8 degrees at the Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai – a new town in northwestern New Territories. The mercury is expected to soar to 33 degrees or above for most of the week.

Under the influence of a southerly airstream, the city is expected to see sunny periods and isolated showers, with one or two thunderstorms on Tuesday morning.

The fine and very hot weather was expected to remain over the next few days.

The Observatory urged people to minimise the risk of heatstroke by avoiding prolonged outdoor activities.

“Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes ... drink plenty of water, and avoid beverages containing caffeine or alcohol,” advised the forecaster.

The Labour Department also reminded employers to assess the risk of heatstroke to their employees and adopt preventive measures, such as providing cool drinking water and setting up temporary sunshade at work sites.

At 11am, the UV index has reached a level of nine, indicating a “very high” exposure level. The Centre for Health Protection encouraged taking protective measures – such as applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses – when the UV index is six or above.

The bright conditions to start the month were a stark contrast to the gloomy days in May, when a total rainfall of 399.3 millimetres was recorded – about 31 per cent above the monthly average.

Last month also saw the first black rainstorm warning of the year, with flash flooding reported in various districts on May 24 following thunderstorms and downpours.