The unpredictable weather has yet again dealt a cruel blow to the people of Hong Kong. This has been an annus horribilus for the local economy, as the SAR has fought and lost a series of bloody battles against the elements. On July 25, Hong Kong was brought to a virtual standstill for 19 hours after the observatory hoisted the No 8 warning as Typhoon Yutu ravaged our shores. The nightmarish scenes will forever live in our memory. Ordinary folk, dressed in just T-shirt and shorts, shielding their eyes from the intense sunlight as they fought their way to Kowloon Park for a day out with the family courtesy of this unexpected day off. A two-foot swell lashed the harbour walls and worried faces pressed against windows as people wondered: 'Is this some kind of joke?' And the farce continues. Today saw the cancellation of The 2nd Annual Hong Kong Electronic Music Festival, due to be held outdoors on Lantau, at Hong Kong International Airport. The Organisers, Hong Kong Electric Music Foundation, have cancelled the event because the temperature is expected to drop to a pleasant 12 degrees Celsius - the lowest for the year. On rural Lantau it might be up to three degrees lower than in urban areas. According to the foundation, this has aroused a lot of concern from the public. 'Weather is always a crucial uncontrollable factor by all means,' it said in a release. 'Medical advice were seek [sic] earlier this week from Hong Kong Hospital regarding the issue on human hazardous temperature and the feedback was not promising.' A leading Hong Kong dermatologist, Professor Sun Tan, reported that, in experiments, individuals kept in a controlled environment of a constant 12 degrees Celsius for 48 hours became 'extremely bored and eventually fell asleep'. Mr Sun advised the public to wear a vest and swimming trunks, which could be 'easily removed when you get too warm'. He said that wearing a thermal hat, gloves and scarf might leave people feeling 'a little bit foolish'. Before we go on, let's put things into perspective and compare Hong Kong with the temperature of various cities around the globe. Cape Town: 18 degrees Kabul: 17 degrees Sydney: 26 degrees Vancouver: one degree Bahamas: 22 degrees London: minus one degree Salt Lake City (location of February's Winter Olympics): minus five degrees. This aversion to cold weather could explain why Hong Kong has yet to make its mark in the world of winter sports. In fact, the SAR's Olympic Committee has been accused of being apathetic towards raising training funds for their first winter Olympian - 18-year-old speed-skater Cordia Tsoi Po-yee. According to speed-skating coach Lu Shuo: 'Tsoi is in a bad mood as her rivals have already been training in the US.' Ms Tsoi may also be in a bad mood because the Winter Olympics have not been cancelled, despite the music foundation's belief that 12 degrees is possibly a 'human hazardous temperature'. In fairness, a release from the Department of Health points out that the cold weather could trigger some health problems. However, the people at most risk appear to be the elderly and the very young. 'The elderly have less insulating fat beneath their skin to help keep them warm and their temperature control mechanism may be weaker,' said the department. We guess the very young are at risk because they are very young and unable to say: 'Damn mother, it's cold in here.' The department advises the public to 'perform regular exercises to facilitate circulation and the production of heat'. Interesting then that the music festival features DJs who would have the audience performing regular exercise to facilitate circulation and the production of heat by dancing. For those who need a refund on tickets for the event the foundation has, ironically perhaps, set up a 'hot' line.