It's back to winter as mercury fallsLocal | Riley Chan 9 Mar 2018
The cold weather warning was hoisted yesterday as the mercury plummeted again in the city.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 11 degrees Celsius today before surging back to 26 degrees within a week.
The chilly forecast comes just as people were beginning to bask in warmer temperatures that have welcomed in the spring season.
Yesterday, the temperature fell to around 13 degrees, triggering the first cold weather warning of the month. Under the influence of an intense northeast monsoon, the cold spell will continue today, with the lowest temperature predicted to be 11 degrees. It will be a few degrees lower in the New Territories. The maximum temperature will be 18 degrees.
It will be fine and dry with a relatively large temperature range. According to the regional weather forecast, temperatures will be as low as seven degrees at Ta Kwu Ling this morning.
But they will climb back to 25 degrees on Thursday.
A warm maritime airstream is expected to affect the coast of Guangdong gradually next week when it will be fine but humid and foggy from Wednesday.
The Home Affairs Department opened 17 temporary shelters yesterday. The Centre for Health Protection reminded the elderly and people with chronic illnesses to stay warm and eat sufficient amount of food.
The cold weather has put public hospitals under intense pressure as the average occupancy rate for all public hospitals stands at 113 percent.
According to the Hospital Authority, 5,766 people sought treatment at emergency rooms on Wednesday, 972 of whom had to be admitted.