Drink up, Hong Kong authorities warn, with 33-degree highs set to last till Friday

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The Centre for Health Protection warned members of the public to take precautions against heat stroke and sunburn.

Summer is making its presence felt as the mercury rose to as high as 33 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, with the Hong Kong Observatory forecasting the high temperatures lasting until Friday.

This comes on the back of the Observatory’s first Very Hot Weather Warning of the year on Tuesday, with temperatures in some parts of the New Territories reaching 34 degrees.

According to the Observatory website, an anticyclone continues to bring generally fine and very hot weather to the coastal areas of Guangdong.

Locally, temperatures over parts of the territory rose to about 33 degrees around noon, and a Very Hot Weather Warning was in force as of 2pm.

The Observatory forecast a maximum temperature of 33 degrees would last until Friday, with temperatures going down slightly with a few thunderstorms over the weekend and early next week.

As of 1pm on Wednesday, the mean UV Index recorded at King’s Park was 9 and the intensity was “very high”.

The Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection reminded members of the public, particularly those undertaking outdoor activities, to take necessary measures against heat stroke and sunburn in view of the weather.

“The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities,” a spokesman for the centre said.