Hong Kong braces for cold snap as forecaster predicts winter storm will bring wind, rain, and drop in temperature
- Hong Kong Observatory says temperature could drop to 13 degrees Celsius in coming days
- Wind and rain also expected as winter storm heads to city
Hongkongers are likely to shiver their way through parts of December as an intense winter storm brings wind, rain and lower temperatures to the city.
A cold snap is expected to come to Hong Kong early next week, with temperatures dropping to 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit).
While sunny periods are due for the next couple of days when the coast of Guangdong is under the influence of a relatively warm and humid maritime airstream, the city will be affected by an intense northeast monsoon later this week, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
Forecasters said the weather would turn cloudy with patches of rain on Thursday, with the temperature starting to drop to between 19 and 23 degrees in urban areas, to between 17 and 21 degrees on Friday.
The temperature is forecast to drop even further to a low of 13 degrees next Monday and Tuesday.
Last week, the Observatory said that because of the El Nino effect, the city was expected to have a warmer winter this year with fewer cold days – defined as when temperatures drop below 12 degrees. There were 21 cold days last year.
It added the El Nino would also bring higher chances of rain this winter.
As of the end of November, the mean maximum temperature was 27.1 degrees, the third warmest on record. There have been a total of 36 “very hot” days so far this year, making it the third highest number ever.
An El Nino occurs when warm water accumulated in the western Pacific shifts east with the weakening or reversal of westerly winds, causing the eastern Pacific to warm up. A La Nina effect brings the opposite.