Warm Xmas on greeting cards

Top News | Sophie Hui 17 Dec 2018

This Christmas Day will be the warmest in 27 years, with the forecast from the Hong Kong Observatory for a temperature reaching 23 degrees Celsius.

In fact, it could be warmer in the countdown as temperatures rise slowly this week, from 16 degrees today to 24 degrees on Friday.

On Christmas Day it should be from 19 to 23 degrees. That will make December 25 the warmest since 1991, when it was 24.2 degrees.

The weather will be mainly fine in the next few days because of the dry northeast monsoon, an Observatory expert said. "It will be cool in the morning and at night, and the temperature difference between day and night will be relatively wide."

So it will be fine and dry today, with temperatures ranging from 16 to 22 degrees. And tomorrow will be another dry day, with the relative humidity ranging between 55 and 80 percent.

But the dry conditions will not last. The Observatory forecasts a relatively humid easterly air stream affecting the coast of Guangdong later this week, so expect cloudier weather and light rain from Wednesday onward with temperatures edging up.

With the northeast monsoon expected to be felt to a greater extent from early next week, any rain will ease off on Christmas Eve, though the temperature could be down slightly before Christmas Day, which will also be sunny.

Travelers can therefore expect conditions to be kind.

The Airport Authority noted that carriers have arranged 108 additional flights during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Sapporo, Taipei and Nagoya are the most popular destinations.

"We will work with our business partners and the airport community to ensure smooth operations," said authority executive director for airport operations Ng Chi-kee.

The authority also noted the airport handled six million passengers last month - a year-on-year growth of 1 percent.

The increase came with a 4 percent year-on-year increase in visitors to Hong Kong and a 2 percent increase in locals taking flights.

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