Cooler weather expected following Easter weekend

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Monday will bring temperatures as low as 16 degrees, though they will climb again and reach 27 degrees later in the week

Wong Tsui-kai |
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People wearing a face mask enjoying the four-day Easter weekend in Stanley amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This Easter Monday is a cool one, with temperatures dropping to a chilly 16 degrees Celsius in parts of Hong Kong, while the cool and dry weather is expected to last though the week, the Observatory said.

"A weak ridge of high pressure will bring generally fine weather to southeastern China in the next few days. The temperature difference between day and night will be relatively large over the region. A warm maritime airstream is expected to affect the south China coast towards the weekend to early next week."

The temperature and humidity will both gradually rise though the week, climbing to a minimum and maximum temperature of 22 and 27 degrees on Sunday, while humidity is projected to hover between 70 and 95 per cent.

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The good weather over the Easter weekend had many Hongkongers out at beaches, hiking trails and other scenic spots across the city despite the risks of the epidemic. The government appealed for people to stay vigilant.

“I observed many people on the streets,” Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said. “If people relax their practice of maintaining social-distancing rules, there may be a new wave of infections by asymptomatic cases.”

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