Relief on the way after mercury soars

Top News | Sophie Hui 20 May 2019

The Hong Kong Observatory yesterday issued the first very hot weather warning of the year as temperatures climbed to 34 degrees Celsius in urban areas.

But some relief is on the way. Heavy rain is expected in the next few days, bringing cooler temperatures.

The very hot warning was issued at 6.45am yesterday as a southwesterly airstream affected the south China coast.

Temperatures over most parts of the city rose to about 33 degrees in the afternoon.

But a number of districts recorded 34 degrees or above, including Sheung Shui, Ta Kwu Lung, Lau Fau Shan, Tuen Mun, Tai Mei Tuk, Sai Kung and Peng Chau.

In Yuen Long and Chek Lap Kok, the temperature climbed to 34.7 degrees.

Other districts like Tseung Kwan O, Kowloon City, Wong Tai Sin, Cheung Chau and Shek Kong also had temperatures spiking up to 33 degrees or above.

The warning was canceled at 6pm.

"The weather will have a significant change [today]," scientific officer He Yu-heng said.

"We believe that a low pressure trough will begin to move southward and affect Guangdong, while bringing thundery showers."

Today's weather will be mainly cloudy with one or two showers. Rain will increase gradually and there will be a few squally thunderstorms.

Temperatures will range between 25 and 30 degrees amid moderate southwesterly winds. Northeasterly winds will blow later today.

The observatory said an easterly air stream is expected to affect the southeastern China coast later this week and bring cooler weather with sunshine.

Temperatures will drop to 24 to 27 degrees tomorrow, with cloudy weather and some rain, but there will be sunny periods in the day.

On Wednesday, the temperature will drop to 23 degrees with sunny periods.

But there may be rain on Thursday, the weather forecaster said. Temperatures will range between 24 to 28 degrees.

The rainy weather will continue over the weekend, with temperatures ranging between 25 to 28 degrees. Next Monday, the temperature will climb back up to 30 degrees with some sun.

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