Date
19 February 2019
With temperatures warmer than usual during the Lunar New Year, many Hongkongers put aside their heavy winter jackets. Photo: Bloomberg
With temperatures warmer than usual during the Lunar New Year, many Hongkongers put aside their heavy winter jackets. Photo: Bloomberg

Three seasons in a year instead of four

One phrase we often heard over the Chinese New Year seems to be off the mark in the Year of the Pig. I’m talking about Siji Pingan (四季平安), which translates to a blessing for peace and safety in all four seasons.

What’s wrong? Well, there are only three seasons instead of four because the winter has gone.

The Observatory has informed us that we now have the warmest ever February. Tomorrow, the temperature could reach 27 degrees Celsius, and the warm weather could last until the last week of February.

Oh dear, where are your shorts?

But more urgent, what to do with all the winter coats? In my case, I can’t remember more than three times in the last three months when I found myself wearing thick winter clothes – and I probably need to put them back into a warehouse soon.

Thanks to global warming, we now need more Ben & Jerry and Godiva ice cream offerings in their traditional off-peak season. Of course we need to avoid North Face or Canada Goose, although a short-sleeved Uniqlo down coat is now priced more expensive than the long-sleeved ones.

Deja vu? Not really, because it would be a bit too much to wear shorts during the family’s spring gathering.

On surface, Hong Kong is now closer to the weather of hot Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and in some cases, it might be warmer at night.

But to be fair, it is still windy and cold at night, and it is the best for what we can hope for as the start of the New Year.

Warmer usually means a healthier lifestyle.

But spare a thought for the thousands of Standard Chartered Marathon runners who might find themselves huffing and puffing in the relative hot weather.

Bikini running, anyone?

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RC

EJ Insight writer

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