People run at a waterfront in Hong Kong, May 5, 2022. (KIN CHEUNG / AP)
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Observatory warned members of the public on Wednesday to take extra care against the very hot weather, which is expected to last until Saturday.
The HKO issued a very hot weather warning at 6:45 am, with temperatures expected to range between 28 C to 33 C from Wednesday until Saturday.
As of 12 pm, Tai Lung in the New Territories registered the hottest air temperature at 33.7 C, followed by Tai Mei Tuk (33.4 C), and Sheung Shui (32.6 C), according to the Observatory
“An anticyclone aloft will bring generally fine and very hot weather to the coast of southern China and the northern part of the South China Sea in the next couple of days,” the HKO said in a forecast.
As of 12 pm, Tai Lung in the New Territories registered the hottest air temperature at 33.7 C, followed by Tai Mei Tuk (33.4 C), and Sheung Shui (32.6 C), according to the HKO.
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The Centre for Health Protection said in a statement that the public should take measures against heat stroke and sunburn due to the very hot weather.
"The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities," a CHP spokesman was quoted as saying in the statement.
"Those engaged in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as they speed up water loss," he added.
The spokesman also said that children, the elderly, the obese and those with chronic illnesses, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, are more vulnerable to heat stroke and should take extra care.
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The Labour Department also reminded employers and employees to take appropriate precautions.
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