Date
10 December 2016
Average temperature in Hong Kong in the current winter season will be in the 16.6 to 17.4 degree Celsius range, according to the Observatory. Photo: CNSA
Average temperature in Hong Kong in the current winter season will be in the 16.6 to 17.4 degree Celsius range, according to the Observatory. Photo: CNSA

Observatory predicts ‘not too cold’ winter

As winter sets in, Hongkongers have begun to wonder if the season will be as cold as the one a year ago, when temperatures in the city sank to as low as 3.1 degrees Celsius on one particularly chilly day.

Well, there’s relief for those who hate freezing weather as the Hong Kong Observatory said on Wednesday that a continuingly severe winter is unlikely to recur this year.

Though there may be great day-to-day temperature differences, and the reading could occasionally drop below 7 degrees, there is an obvious long-term rising trend of winter temperature, it said.

The Observatory predicts that average temperature in the city will be between 16.6 and 17.4 degrees in the three months until February along with a weakened El Nino.

Observatory director Shun Chi-ming said more days with abnormal weather can be expected in the future due to global warming and that it will make weather forecasting more difficult, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Edwin Lai Sau-tak, assistant director of the agency, revealed that Hong Kong saw 12 of its weather records broken during the first 11 months of this year, including 38 very hot days, the most since records began in 1884.

Observatory data shows that the maximum mean temperature in June was 32.4 degrees with the temperature exceeding 35 degrees for four consecutive days from June 24, both of which set records for the city, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Lai noted that the unusually warm weather in October despite little sunlight suggests that climate change had more impact on the autumn.

Continuing global warming will make shift in seasons not as obvious as before, he said, adding that people should expect longer summers in the future.

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