Date
17 October 2018
A fake weather forecast is shown on WhatsApp (inset). The Obvervatory issued a clarification that there are no signs of sub-zero temperatures in the offing. Photo: Reuters, WhatsApp, HK Observatory
A fake weather forecast is shown on WhatsApp (inset). The Obvervatory issued a clarification that there are no signs of sub-zero temperatures in the offing. Photo: Reuters, WhatsApp, HK Observatory

Observatory dismisses rumors of sub-zero temperatures

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) is bushing off online rumors that Hong Kong will experience sub-zero temperatures toward the end of the month.

HKO said there are no signs temperatures will drop below zero-degree celsius, Ming Pao Daily reports.

It reminded people not to share inaccurate information.

The rumors claimed that the forecast came from HKO, saying temperatures will drop from 13 degrees celsius on Jan. 28, the first day of the Lunar New Year, to minus one degree celsius on Jan. 29 and minus five degrees on Jan. 31, according to Apple Daily.

Some netizens said Hong Kong can expect snowfall.

HKO senior scientific officer Sandy Song dismissed the rumors.

The Observatory said it never makes daily weather forecasts beyond the current nine-day range, adding that it is scientifically difficult to make detailed daily readings 20 days ahead of time.

Director Shun Chi-ming took to Facebook to lament that some people have made inaccurate information about the weather the new norm.

The lowest temperature ever recorded over a Chinese New Year period was in 1950 when the mercury dropped to 5.8 degrees celsius.

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