Royal Observatory

Rays of hope

The Royal Observatory predicts Monday will be sunny with occasional showers. It said it was too early to predict the weather for Tuesday.

Friday, 27 June, 1997, 12:00am

Cold snap expected to stay for weekend

The Royal Observatory said it would remain rainy and windy until Sunday. The daytime temperature is forecast to be 11 to 13 degrees with strong northerly and offshore winds.

This weekend would be even colder and the maximum daytime temperature would be 10 degrees in the urban areas and a few degrees lower in the New Territories.

24 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

July's place in the sun

Last month was hotter and drier than usual, the sixth-highest July on record on average, the Royal Observatory said. The mean temperature was 29.2 degrees Celsius. The total rainfall of 230.3 millimetres was about 30 per cent below normal.

14 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Deluge triggers floods, landslides

HEAVY downpours triggered seven flooding reports and two landslides yesterday, delivering an early warning for Hong Kong to prepare for a season of rain and storms.

Rainclouds broke shortly before midnight on Friday and waters rose through the morning. More than 60 millimetres fell between 6 am and 10 am, according to the Royal Observatory.

23 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Cold comfort

SIXTEEN temporary cold shelters remained open last night after the Royal Observatory predicted temperature falls to 11 degrees in urban areas, with temperatures one to two degrees lower in the New Territories.

11 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Neglecting HK Island

THE Royal Observatory used to give temperature readings of various weather stations all over Hong Kong on an hourly basis when you rang its weather hotline.

16 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Clocks gain leap second

CLOCKS and watches will need to be adjusted today - by one second. The so-called 'leap second' is needed so the international time scale - Co-ordinated Universal Time - better matches astronomical time. It has been internationally agreed a leap second should be applied so universal time will not differ from astronomical time by more than nine-tenths of a second.

1 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Dry run

LAST month was the 10th driest September in 111 years with the total rainfall of 81.4 millimetres, 73 per cent below normal, the Royal Observatory said. However, rainfall for the first nine months of the year came to 2,268 millimetres, 13 per cent above average.

15 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

August rain breaks record

AUGUST'S total rainfall of 1.09 metres was the third highest monthly total in more than 110 years. It was the highest for August since records began in 1884.

5 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Clearer warnings

AFTER getting the call wrong on the typhoon last year and coming in for a lot of flak from the business sector, the Royal Observatory has bowed so low to the business sector that it has banged its head on the ground.

29 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

On record

IT is not true that improvements to the windshear warning system at Kai Tak were prompted by the China Airlines crash in November, 1993 (South China Morning Post, May 23).

The Royal Observatory and the Civil Aviation Department have kept the system constantly under review in light of any new knowledge emerging worldwide.

27 May 1994 - 12:00am

Monsoon brings cold weather

TEMPERATURES dipped to one of their lowest for November yesterday - and the 11.9 degrees Celsius minimum is forecast to remain for the next few days.

The cold surge is unusual for November and is due to an intense northeast monsoon which hit Guangdong on Sunday, according to the Royal Observatory.

23 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Storm alert

THE Royal Observatory was ready to raise strong wind signal No 3 this morning as Severe Tropical Storm Tasha neared the South China coast.

At 2 am, Tasha was centred 460 kilometres east-southeast of Hong Kong, continuing to make way in a northwest direction at about 20 kilometres per hour.

19 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Lunar eclipse

HONGKONG will be plunged into darkness a week today when the territory experiences a full lunar eclipse for the last time before 1997. Providing the skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible from 8.12 pm to 9.49 pm next Friday.

The Royal Observatory recommends those wanting to see the eclipse go to the east coast of the territory for an east-southeast seaview.

28 May 1993 - 12:00am