Cold weather warning issued as Hong Kong shivers in low temperatures
Centre for Health Protection warned public, elderly and people with chronic illnesses to adopt appropriate measures to protect their health
Temperatures dropped below 12 degrees Celsius overnight, prompting the Hong Kong Observatory to issue the first cold weather warning of the winter.
Its weather stations recorded a low of 11.3 degrees in Yuen Long Park in the New Territories. Temperatures dropped even further on higher ground on Hong Kong Island and Lantau.
The Observatory issued a cold weather warning at 4.20pm on Saturday.
It reminded Hongkongers to prepare for cold mornings from Sunday to next Wednesday, with the temperature expected to drop to 11 degrees on Monday.
The Centre for Health Protection warned the public, elderly and people with chronic illnesses to adopt appropriate measures to protect their health.
The nine-day forecast said the weather would be mainly cloudy, cool and dry for the next few days, with fresh northerly winds.
The temperature will start to climb slightly from next Thursday to a fine and dry Christmas Eve.
The weather authority issued three cold weather warnings in January and February this year. The coldest temperature, of 10.6 degrees, was recorded on February 26.
Last December, only one cold weather warning was issued, after Christmas, and was in force for less than 48 hours.