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Last time it snowed in Hong Kong

Written by: WONG Tak-kan

Hong Kong's climate is sub-tropical, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. During the winter season, it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below 10oC in the urban areas, and the lowest temperature ever recorded at the Observatory was 0oC on 18 January 1893.  

With intense winter monsoon bringing very cold air mass from the north, sub-zero temperatures could sometimes occur on high ground and in the New Territories, where there were reports of frost, ice, rime or even slight snow[1-3].  From 1967 to 1975, there were four days with slight snow reported in Hong Kong (see table).  Although frost and ice still occasionally occurred in winter, there was no more report of snow ever since.

 

Date Snow report
2 February 1967 Slight snow was reported at Cape Collinson Training Centre
13 December 1967 Slight snow was reported at Tai Mo Shan
29 January 1971 Slight snow was reported at Tai Mo Shan
14 December 1975 Slight snow was reported at Tai Mo Shan

Last revision date: <13 Feb 2014>