Temperature in Hong Kong expected to plunge to 8 degrees Celsius next week
Cold front from southern China will move across coastal regions
Hong Kong is expected to face chilly weather next week, with temperatures plunging to as low as 8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, according to weather officials.
The city woke to a cool and gloomy morning on Saturday, and by 10am, the temperature was at 16 degrees, five degrees lower than the mark recorded at the same time a day before.
The Observatory’s latest nine-day weather forecast showed the mercury would dip further.
“A cold front is expected to form over southern China [on Sunday] and it will move across the coastal areas on Monday,” it said in a statement. “It will become significantly cold with rain over the region.”
Cloudy conditions and rain were expected on Monday, with the low temperature dropping to 10 degrees.
The forecast for Tuesday was a low of 8 degrees, with a high of only 11 degrees.
Observatory scientific officer Or Ming-keung said northerly winds and rain would add to the cold weather.
More sunshine is expected on Wednesday, with drier conditions and periods of clear skies.
Last month was especially sunny and bright. The city enjoyed more than two hours of sunshine each day during December, 22 per cent above the historical average for the month, according to the Observatory.
The monthly mean temperature was 17.8 degrees, or 0.1 degree below average. There were only traces of rainfall, making it one of the ten driest Decembers since records began in 1884.
Overall, the intense winter monsoon affecting the city would continue to bring cold weather, with temperatures ranging between 10 and 16 degrees.
Readings are forecast to climb steadily next weekend, hitting 19 degrees next Sunday.