Hong Kong is bundling up for the big chill this weekend, with temperatures forecast to plunge to seven degrees celsius.
It will be three to five degrees in the New Territories but the Hong Kong Observatory is ruling out snowfall thanks to relatively dry conditions.
Leung Wing-mo, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, said this dryness means there is not enough water vapor in the atmosphere to create snow.
That’s cold comfort for Hongkongers, some of whom flocked to Japan and South Korea during the Christmas holiday to experience real winter.
Ta Kwu Ling is in for a cold snap around one degree celsius and could see some frosting but not much else.
Hong Kong has had some typical winter weather in recent years including frosting, icing, freezing mist, sleet and snow.
But that seems like ages ago.
Global warming is upending weather patterns across the globe, leading to the hottest year on record in 2015, according to the National Oceanographic And Atmospheric Administration.
In Hong Kong, that has meant warmer and shorter winters.
On Friday, temperatures are expected to drop to 11 degrees celsius and chilly conditions will persist in the next three days before the mercury climbs back above 10 degrees on Tuesday, according to the Observatory.
These conditions are being brought by northerlies whipped up by the Siberian cold front.
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