Lightning over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in August. The prevalence of storms in the city this year is on a par with 2014, which was a record year. Photo: Roy Issa

Hong Kong weather in 2019: record for thunderstorms equalled, more hot nights than ever, and one freak afternoon that ‘turned day into night’

  • Thunderstorms battered the city on 59 days between February and October, about 50 per cent more than the average
  • There were 46 hot nights, in which the temperature equalled or exceeded 28 degrees Celsius – five more than in 2017, when the previous record of 41 was set
Topic |   Weather

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Lightning over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in August. The prevalence of storms in the city this year is on a par with 2014, which was a record year. Photo: Roy Issa
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: AFP

Tackle climate change or surrender, UN chief says at opening of climate talks

  • UN Secretary General António Guterres says unless the world stops burning coal, efforts to tackle climate change will be doomed
  • The world’s largest carbon emitters – the US, China and India – are sending ministerial officials to the talks
Topic |   Climate change

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: AFP
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