Residents bundled up for the cold enjoy the sunrise at the peak of Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong, in the morning of Dec 31, 2020, as temperatures there dropped below the freezing point. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - Hong Kong experienced this winter's coldest morning Thursday when the temperature dropped to 8.1 degrees Celsius as an intense cold front ripped through the south of the Chinese mainland.
Temperatures will continue to remain low on New Year’s Day and Saturday accompanied by very dry weather while another cold front is expected to reach the coast of Guangdong in the middle of the next week, Hong Kong Observatory said in an alert.
The city’s Centre for Health Protection reminded people, particularly the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, to stay warm and take appropriate precautions
Temperatures below the freezing point was recorded at Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s tallest peak, in the early hours of Thursday, the observatory announced. At one point, the temperature recorded at 957 meters above the sea level dipped to minus 1.2 degrees Celcius.
The city’s Centre for Health Protection reminded people, particularly the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, to stay warm and take appropriate precautions.
“Cold weather can easily trigger or exacerbate diseases, especially among the elderly and persons suffering from heart disease, respiratory illness or other chronic illnesses,” a spokesman for the center said in a statement on Thursday morning.
With a cold weather warning in force, the city’s 18 temporary cold shelters, one for each district, remain open to people in need. Residents may visit the shelters to make donations.
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