Hong Kong woke to a dry and chilly morning on Sunday as the temperature fell to 12 degrees Celsius – the lowest this winter – with a cold weather warning remaining in force. The Hong Kong Observatory issued an additional red fire danger warning on Sunday morning, indicating extremely high risk of fire. The government urged the public to be beware of such risks in the countryside. Temperatures are expected to drop further and reach their lowest point at 11 degrees on Monday, but forecasters say the city is heading to a warmer Christmas. According to the Observatory, the morning’s minimum temperature remains at 12 degrees in urban areas and a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories. “[The weather will be] dry with sunny periods during the day. The maximum temperature will be about 16 degrees,” the forecaster said. The Home Affairs Department said the city’s 17 temporary shelters would stay open during the day. The Observatory issued the first cold weather warning of the winter on Saturday, and it remains in force. The Centre for Health Protection warned members of the public, in particular the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, to adopt appropriate measures to protect their health. Cold weather warning issued as Hong Kong shivers in low temperatures The nine-day forecast said an intense winter monsoon would persist over the coastal areas of Guangdong in the next few days, and that it would be cold, dry and windy over the region. “The monsoon will moderate in the latter part of next week, and temperatures will rise slightly, but it will still be cool in the morning.” Temperatures will start to climb slightly from next Thursday towards a fine and dry Christmas Eve, with the mercury expected to read from 15 to 20 degrees on December 24.