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Hottest decade in Hong Kong (9 December 2009)

 
     
 

The World Meteorological Organization has just announced that 2009 will likely rank among the top 10 hottest years on record.

 
     
 

In Hong Kong, the average temperature recorded at the Hong Kong Observatory from January to November 2009 was 24.1 degrees, the fifth highest for the same period since records began in 1884.  Among the warmest years (January to November) on record, six occurred in this century (see table below).

 
     
 

Due to global warming and local urbanisation, the average temperature from January to November for the period 2000-2009 was 24.0 degrees, the highest decadal average on record.  The average temperatures for the same months (January to November) in the decades of 1980-1989 and 1990-1999 were 23.4 and 23.8 degrees respectively.

 
     
     
 

Table 1: Top 10 highest average temperatures from January to November recorded at the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters

 
 

Year

Average temperature

from January to November

(Degree Celsius)

2002

24.4

1999

24.4

1998

24.4

1966

24.3

2009

24.1

2003

24.1

2001

24.1

2007

24.0

2006

24.0

1987

24.0


 

Last revision date: <21 Dec 2012>