The Hong Kong Observatory predicts that temperatures in the city will dip to 11 degrees Celsius on the eve of Chinese New Year, on February 9. The meteorological body expects temperatures will hover between 11 and 15 degrees, with a couple of rain patches in the first half of the day.
The weather in the territory will drop by 7 degrees in the span of a week, with minimum temperatures on February 8 forecast to be 13 degrees. However, Hong Kong will be cloudy and foggy in the coming week, with temperatures ranging between 19 and 20 degrees in the first half.
These predictions come after the mercury dipped to -2.9 degrees at Tai Mo Shan earlier this month, amid reports of ice and frost at the city’s highest peak. Temperatures in urban parts of the SAR were recorded at 6 degrees, the lowest of winter so far.
The lowest temperature on Chinese New Year recorded in Hong Kong was on February 17, 1950, when temperatures dropped to 5.8 degrees, with the mercury falling to 6.9 degrees the previous day. Over the 30-year period between 1991 and 2020, the normal temperature on the first day of the festival is 14.4 degrees.
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