Date
25 January 2017
The Observatory says temperatures could fall rapidly to 12 degrees in the downtown area and 1-2 degrees lower in the New Territories on Friday. Photo: HKEJ
The Observatory says temperatures could fall rapidly to 12 degrees in the downtown area and 1-2 degrees lower in the New Territories on Friday. Photo: HKEJ

Brace yourselves for cold Easter, but how cold will it be?

Hongkongers will have to brace themselves for colder weather during the four-day Easter holiday that begins on Friday.

But how low will temperatures be? Forecasts from local and foreign weather agencies differ, Apple Daily reports.

The Hong Kong Observatory said occasional heavy rain with squally thunderstorms are expected in the next couple of days, although temperatures could still be as high as 18-21 degrees Celsius.

However, it said temperatures could fall rapidly to 12 degrees in the downtown area and 1-2 degrees lower in the New Territories on Friday when a cold front from the north hits the city.

That would be the coldest Easter holiday since 1978, when it was 11.2 degrees downtown.

The low temperature will persist over the weekend until it rebounds to 18 degrees on Monday, the Observatory said, adding that rain expected during the weekend would make people feel colder.

But foreign weather experts seem to contradict the local weather bureau’s predictions.

Both the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting and the United States’ National Centers for Environmental Prediction, whose data are also monitored by our Observatory, said temperatures in the city on Friday and Saturday could be higher at 13-15 degrees.

On the other hand, the Japan Weather Association said temperatures could be as low as 7 degrees over the weekend, a difference of five degrees from the Observatory’s forecast.

Lau Po-wing, scientific officer at the Observatory, said it was not clear how the Japanese agency came up with its figures, adding that the Observatory’s prediction was based on computer data gathered from various weather agencies globally.

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