Briefs, March 3, 2013

A 74-year-old man in an infirmary ward in Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, where some patients are infected with human metapneumovirus, has a fever and respiratory problems.

Sunday, 3 March, 2013, 5:14am

Winter's second cold snap on the way

Another cold snap is about to hit the city, the second of the winter, forecasters at the Hong Kong Observatory said yesterday. A winter monsoon from the mainland is expected to arrive in the city tonight with temperatures to plunge as low as 12 degrees Celsius in urban areas by the weekend, and a few degrees lower in the New Territories.

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

They don't come any wetter than this month

Hong Kong has just endured its wettest month in 125 years of recorded weather history.

The Observatory said that by 5pm yesterday it had recorded 1,245mm of rain for the month, dethroning May 1889, when 1,241.1mm fell, as the wettest on record.

However, May 30, 1889, remains the wettest day on record; 520.6mm of rain fell in Kowloon that day.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Winter monsoon brings low temperatures

Another cold snap is forecast today, with temperatures expected to plummet to 11 degrees Celsius and a couple of degrees lower than that in the New Territories. The Observatory issued a cold weather warning at 4.20pm yesterday following the arrival of a cold winter monsoon.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Monsoon brings shivers

Today's minimum temperature will fall to 11 degrees Celsius due to a northeast monsoon that is bringing cold weather to southern China. Today would be overcast with a few rain patches and a maximum temperature of 14 degrees, the Observatory forecast. Tomorrow will be a little warmer, with a range of 13 to 16 degrees.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Rain dance

It's that time of the year when everyone keeps looking up anxiously at the overcast skies, yearning for the monsoon to deliver them from the agony of a long, harsh summer.

For foreigners, the word 'monsoon' has a profoundly exotic ring about it. But even for Indians, it evokes romance and euphoria, an emotion that has been captured in music, folk songs and poetry.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Group blames wind farm for drought

Farmers in drought-stricken western India recently attacked a turbine field in the region because they believed the windmills were dispersing monsoon clouds.

Agitated farmers said they were convinced the magnetic pressure of the windmills' massive blades drew in the clouds only to 'slash through' and 'fragment them' before driving them away.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

November heat sets record in what may be hottest year

Last month was Hong Kong's hottest November on record with a mean temperature of 23.2 degrees Celsius, weather scientists said yesterday.

And this year is on course to be the hottest since records began.

2 Dec 1998 - 12:00am