Hong Kong braces for coldest March in six years, minimum temperature in urban areas to drop to 10°C tomorrow

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1st March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong welcomes spring with a chill as temperatures plunge to record lows for March in six years, prompting the Hong Kong Observatory to forecast a particularly cold morning tomorrow with a significant drop expected in the New Territories.

As the city ushers in the new season, residents are facing a spell of unusually cold weather, with the Observatory recording a frosty 14.1 degrees Celsius at its headquarters in the morning. The cold snap, which has seen a sharp 8-degree drop from the previous day’s high, is predicted to continue, with the urban areas expecting a minimum of around 10 degrees Celsius. In the New Territories, the mercury is set to fall even further, with some regions like Ta Kwu Ling bracing for lows of 8 degrees.

The weather forecast for tonight and into tomorrow morning is mainly cloudy and cold, with the possibility of one or two rain patches. Those on higher ground should anticipate even lower temperatures. Tomorrow’s high is unlikely to exceed 15 degrees Celsius, and the Observatory advises that the northerly winds, moderate to fresh in nature, may strengthen offshore at first, before shifting to east to northeasterly winds by tomorrow night.

Sunday morning will continue to be rather cool, but there is an upturn in the outlook with temperatures expected to rise gradually over the following days. The weather pattern will bring a relative humidity increase, leading to warmer conditions during the day.

The coastal areas of southern China, including Hong Kong, will remain under the influence of the northeast monsoon and an extensive cloud and rain band, maintaining the cooler temperatures with sporadic rain. By Monday and Tuesday, the monsoon is set to be replaced by a more humid southerly airstream, introducing mist over the Guangdong coast and warmer daytime temperatures.

However, the respite may be brief as another influx of the northeast monsoon is expected by mid to late next week, which could lead to a slight dip in regional temperatures once more.