Very Hot Weather Warning issued by Hong Kong Observatory, temperature set to reach 34°C again on Thursday and Friday

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25th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Observatory has issued a Very Hot Weather Warning as the city braces for scorching temperatures once again. With the mercury expected to soar to 34°C on Thursday and Friday, residents are urged to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Under the prolonged heatwave, it is crucial for the public to remain vigilant and safeguard against heat stroke and other discomforts associated with extremely hot weather. Hong Kong citizens are advised to pay close attention to their health conditions and seek immediate medical assistance if symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, or confusion arise.

The current weather pattern is characterised by a broad trough of low pressure causing showers along the coast of Guangdong. This morning, several areas experienced around 5 millimeters of rainfall. Additionally, a subtropical ridge is enveloping southeastern China. Hong Kong expects temperatures to peak at 34°C on Thursday and Friday, intensifying the heatwave.

Today’s weather forecast for Hong Kong predicts mainly cloudy skies with a few showers. Sunny intervals are expected during the day, but it will remain very hot, with the maximum temperature reaching around 33 degrees. Moderate south to southeasterly winds are anticipated.

Looking ahead, the weather is expected to remain predominantly fine over the next couple of days, accompanied by scorching temperatures. While a trough of low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Guangdong coast today, the subtropical ridge extending westwards later in the week will create generally fine and extremely hot conditions along the southern coast of China. As a southwesterly airstream persists, showers and thunderstorms are likely over the Guangdong coast during the weekend and early next week.

In light of the sizzling weather, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is reminding the public, especially those engaging in outdoor activities, to take necessary precautions against heat stroke and sunburn.

“The public should ensure they carry and consume an ample amount of water to prevent dehydration when participating in outdoor activities,” advised a CHP spokesperson.

The spokesperson further added, “Individuals involved in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as they can accelerate water loss through the urinary system.

Source: Hong Kong Observatory