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Cold Spell in February
(13 February 2014)

An intense winter monsoon brought persistently low temperatures and gloomy weather to Hong Kong in past few days. With replenishment of the winter monsoon to the south China coast today (13 February 2014), local weather will remain on the cold side in the next couple of days. Senior citizens and persons with chronic medical conditions should continue to take steps to protect themselves against the potential health impact caused by low temperatures.

Looking back, it is not uncommon to have very cold weather in Hong Kong during cold surges. Based on climatological information from 1981 to 2010, there is about one very cold day in every two years. The table below shows the years with the highest number of very cold days.

Top eleven years with the highest number of very cold days in Hong Kong

Year

Number of days

1893

6

1951

6

1955

6

1956

6

1888

5

1900

5

1917

5

1952

5

1974

5

1975

5

1977

5


Very cold days refer to those days with the daily minimum temperature at the Observatory <= 7.0 oC

The winter monsoon is expected to moderate early next week when the temperatures over the coastal areas will rise significantly.

The latest weather forecast and 7-day weather forecast are available at the Observatory's Dial-a-weather service (1878 200) and the Observatory's website:
Weather forecast:   http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/flw.htm
7-day weather forecast:  http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm
 

 

Last revision date: <13 Feb 2014>