2019 is effectively the warmest year since 135 years ago as only one day with a temperature below 12°C was recorded by Hong Kong Observatory

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During the intense cold surge on 23-24 January 2016, Ms. Li Yuet Sim, Scientific Officer, stationed at the Tai Mo Shan Weather Radar Station voluntarily to do weather observation. The minimum temperature at Tai Mo Shan was only minus 6 degrees Celsius on 24 January.

28th December 2019 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Observatory in its latest weather programme Cool Met Stuff expressed that as at 26th December, there was only one day in 2019 when temperature below 12°C was recorded i.e. 11.4°C on 1st of January. This effectively makes 2019 in history the year with the lower number of low temperatures recorded. The temperature during the remaining days before 2019 ends will range between 17°C and 18°C.

The temperature during the 10 out of the first 11 months in 2019 was higher than normal since 1884. The winter from December 2018 to February 2019 and the autumn between September and November this year were the warmest since 1884. Temperature above 28°C was recorded in at least 46 days in 2019, the highest since 1884.

According to Hong Kong Observatory, there is a possibility that there won’t be any day with a temperature lower than 12°C in 2020 due to global warming. There will also be at least 19 days with temperature above 33°C next year.

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