Date
23 March 2017
Hikers are covered with ice under sub-zero temperatures in Tai Mo Shan in January during the coldest days on record. Photo: Reuters
Hikers are covered with ice under sub-zero temperatures in Tai Mo Shan in January during the coldest days on record. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong braces for last gasp of winter weather

Hong Kong huddled against 12-degree weather Thursday and faces another cold blast on Friday, the last gasp of a fierce winter that has already seen record-low temperatures.

It will be nine degrees celsius on Friday, one degree lower than forecast, with a few rain patches in the next two days, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

An intense northeast monsoon off the coast of Guangdong is creating these conditions.

The weather will be cool and humid next week, typically the start of rising temperatures. 

The last time Hong Kong experienced a colder day in March was in 2010 when temperatures dipped to 8.1 degrees celsius.

Its coldest March day came in at 4.8 degrees in 1968.

Hong Kong shivered in record-low temperatures in January when readings plummeted to 3.1 degrees and 4.3 degrees during a long weekend, the coldest days since 1957.

The Hospital Authority said the cold weather will increase pressure on public hospitals, most of which are already saddled with overcapacity, Apple Daily reports.

Meanwhile, a suspected flu outbreak was reported in Yuen Long Church Long Ping Estate Chan Kwong Kindergarten.

Twenty pupils between three and five have been hospitalized with fever since Feb. 25.

One of them had the influenza B virus in a test sample.

The Center for Health Protection (CHP) said all are in stable condition and tests are continuing.

The latest case is an 18-month-old girl who is in serious condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

She has been diagnosed with the influenza A virus, CHP said.

The infant developed fever, runny nose and shortness of breath on March 3.

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