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Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 23:01
18 shelters to open as HK braces for cold spell
By ​Wang Zhan
Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 23:01 By ​Wang Zhan

Visitors wearing face masks walk on the High Island Reservoir East Dam, one of the most popular hiking trails in Hong Kong, Dec 26, 2020. (KIN CHEUNG / AP)

HONG KONG - Eighteen temporary cold shelters will open across the across the city as a cold weather warning was issued Tuesday with an intense cold front edging closer to the southern coast of the Chinese mainland.

The shelters will have mattresses and blankets or quilts, food and hot water, as well as anti-coronavirus control measures in place, the Home Affairs Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Morning temperatures in urban areas will fall to 7 or 8 degrees Celsius on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories, the Hong Kong Observatory forecast

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) forecast that the strong cold surge will move across the south China coastal areas on Tuesday night with the minimum temperature hitting around 12 degrees on Wednesday morning. Temperatures in the urban areas will further drop to about 10 degrees at night, and a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories.

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Morning temperatures in urban areas will fall to 7 or 8 degrees Celsius on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories, HKO forecast. Morning temperatures will remain low over the weekend.

HKO expects another spell of the winter monsoon to hit the coast of Guangdong in the middle of next week.

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health reminded the public Tuesday, particularly the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, to take appropriate measures to protect their health in view of the cold weather.

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The city recorded its lowest winter temperature since 1957 on Jan 24, 2016 when it dropped to 3.3 degrees Celsius.  

Hong Kong saw its warmest year on record in 2019, with the lowest daily temperature below 12 degrees Celsius recorded only on Jan 1.


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