Cold snap expected to last a few days; flu killing elderly
The temperature plunged to 6C in the New Territories, but the weather should start to improve on Wednesday although it will still be a nippy 8C
An intense winter monsoon will continue to bring cold weather to Hong Kong for a few days – the Observatory has forecast the temperature will range from 8 degrees Celsius to a high of 13C on Wednesday.
The city experienced a cold and wet Tuesday with the temperature in urban areas generally around 8 degrees Celsius in the morning, according to a weather bulletin on the Observatory’s website.
It was even colder in the New Territories with the mercury plunging to 6C in Sai Kung, Tai Po, Yuen Long and Sheung Shui, while Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong, recorded 0.6 degrees Celsius at 4am on Tuesday, HK01.com reported.
Strong winds are expected from the north. The Observatory warned that people should also be aware of the possible danger brought by rough seas.
The weather should start to improve on Wednesday but it will still be a nippy 8C.
The cold weather has caused many people to get the flu.
The Health Department said six adults had died from severe influenza in the first six days of this year. One was over 50 years old, while the rest were more elderly – over 65.