Published: 18:00, November 2, 2023 | Updated: 19:00, November 2, 2023
An exceptionally cloudy, wet October for Hong Kong
By Wang Zhan in Hong Kong

Large patches of clouds gather in the sky as tourists walk along the beach in Hoi Ha Wan Bay in Sai Kung, Hong Kong on Aug 14, 2023. (SHAMIM ASHRAF / CHINA DAILY)

Hong Kong witnessed a cloudier and wetter October due to the more-than-usual moisture in the lower atmosphere over southern China and the rainfall associated with Typhoon Koinu, government data showed on Thursday.

The mean amount of cloud in the city last month was 79 percent, about 21 percent above the normal figure of 58 percent, hitting the second highest on record for the month of October.

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The mean temperature of 26.4 C was 0.7 C above the normal and one of the fourth highest for October on record, government data showed on Thursday

The duration of bright sunshine in the month was only 138.9 hours, a decrease of 30 percent to the normal figure of 197.8 hours.

Under the influence of Typhoon Koinu, the city recorded a total rainfall of 546.0 millimeters last month, more than four times the normal figure of 120.3 millimeters, according to the official data.

The accumulated rainfall up to October this year was 2770.3 millimeters, an increase by 17 percent for the same period.

Meanwhile, the month was warmer than usual despite the below-normal sunshine.

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The mean temperature of 26.4 C was 0.7 C above the normal and one of the fourth highest for October on record.

The city witnessed three scorching days in the early part of the month, the highest on record for October, data showed.