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Breaking the mould

Humidity is public enemy No1 for furniture. It can cause pieces to warp and crack, and Hong Kong's relative humidity levels hover around 80 per cent.

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

Spring not quite sprung

It might officially be spring but Hong Kong has just experienced an unseasonably cool and dry March. The Observatory said the weather last month was less humid than usual, with mean relative humidity at 71 per cent, 11 per cent lower than average. Rainfall was also 71 per cent lower than normal. The mean temperature was 18 degrees Celsius, 0.9 degrees cooler than usual.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

5pc more runners for next year's marathon

Organisers are planning to increase the entry quota of the Hong Kong Marathon by 5 per cent to a record 63,000 following the overwhelming response this year.

The annual event's 60,000 places were filled only three weeks after applications opened. Although close to 8,000 runners failed to show up yesterday, organisers are confident of attracting more runners next year.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Three runners critical after collapsing in heat

Three runners were in critical condition in hospital yesterday after warm and humid conditions took a heavy toll on competitors in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon events.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Dehumidifier test results fall below manufacturers' claims

Disappointment may await some dehumidifier owners in this cool but humid time of year: their clothes may stay damp despite a long wait.

The Consumer Council has found that the dehumidifying capacity of half of the machines it tested was exaggerated by manufacturers.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Hospitals face busy period with elderly hit hard by cold, dry spells

Cold, dry days are particularly bad for the elderly, a study has found.

Researchers found that when humidity fell below 70 per cent and the temperature was 12 degrees Celsius or lower, the number of elderly requiring hospital treatment rose by 46 per cent.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Simply organic

Skincare with simple recipes are better for our skin - the fewer the chemicals, the healthier our complexion. Green Tea Water and Bitter Orange Water from Apivita's new organic skincare collection promise to refresh skin in the heaviest humidity with only natural, 100 per cent organic ingredients. Available from all Apivita locations for HK$280.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Smog set to lift as rain cleans the air

Smoggy skies, which have shrouded Beijing for the past week and remain a persistent concern, are expected to clear today, meteorologists say.

The capital was still blanketed in thick haze yesterday, with poor visibility and sapping humidity. Rainstorms were forecast for overnight.

11 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Hot weather warnings tied to fewer elderly deaths from strokes

Fewer old people die of heart disease or stroke on days when the Observatory issues very hot weather warnings than on other hot days, and issuing warnings tailored to the elderly may reduce death rates further, an academic says.

1 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

It's vital to find the right temperature

This newspaper's finding that the government's air conditioning guidelines seem to be getting followed is good news indeed. Thermostats set at temperatures that are too high or low cause environmental damage through burning fuel to produce the wasted electricity. Four in five public places we studied met the suggested setting of 25.5 degrees Celsius.

28 Jul 2008 - 12:00am