The Hong Kong Observatory revised its forecasts for minimum temperatures in the city to 6 degrees Celsius on January 23, and reported that the mercury dropped to -2.4 degrees in Tai Mo Shan overnight. The city’s meteorological body also reported ice at Hong Kong’s highest peak.

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The Hong Kong Observatory shared images of ice sightings in Tai Mo Shan.

On Monday morning, the observatory issued its first cold weather warning of 2024 and forecast that temperatures would range between 7 degrees and 10 degrees on Tuesday. However, authorities updated their forecast in light of the “intense winter monsoon and upper-air disturbance” that is affecting the city, as well as the strong winds with speeds that could exceed 40km/hr.

Observatory officials also warned that, “the temperature felt by [the] body will be lower than the actual air temperature”. In addition, the Hong Kong Fire Services Department urged residents of the city not to go hiking in hilly areas as it is raining and ice may form on the ground.

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Temperatures in Hong Kong range between -1.6 degrees and 8.3 degrees late Monday morning (© Hong Kong Observatory)

The cold weather and rainy conditions will continue until the middle of this week, and temperatures will hover between 8 degrees and 16 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. The weather will gradually get warmer from Friday, and settle at a low of 18 degrees early next week.

For the latest updates on the weather in Hong Kong, visit the Hong Kong Observatory website.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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