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The Year's Weather - 2000 (10 January 2001)

The year 2000 was warmer and wetter than usual. The mean temperature of 23.3 degrees was the eighth highest on record and the mean minimum temperature of 21.5 degrees was the sixth highest. The annual total rainfall of 2752.3 millimetres was 24 per cent above normal. The mean atmospheric pressure of 1011.9 hectopascals was the fifth lowest recorded. Seven tropical cyclones necessitated the hoisting of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals. However, no Signal No. 8 or higher was hoisted.

January 2000 was warmer and wetter than usual. The monthly mean temperature was 1.2 degrees higher than normal.

It was cooler and drier than normal in February.

March was again drier but warmer than normal.

April was warmer than normal and marked by unsettled weather and heavy rain. The total rainfall of 547.7 millimetres, more than three times the normal figure, was the highest record for April. The Black Rainstorm Warning Signal was issued on April 23.

May was drier than normal. Prolonged periods of sunshine brought very hot weather to Hong Kong on the last three days of the month. The Very Hot Weather Warning was issued on May 29 for the first time.

June remained warmer than usual. Despite a mean relative humidity of only 78 per cent, the lowest record for June, the month was also rainier than usual. The Black Rainstorm Warning Signal was issued on June 12. A tropical depression formed rapidly over the waters just to the south of Lantau Island on June 18. It necessitated the direct hoisting of the Strong Wind Signal No. 3. The tropical depression then crossed Hong Kong and landed near Tsuen Wan before dissipating rapidly.

July was slightly drier than normal. Typhoon Kai-tak and another Tropical Depression necessitated the hoisting of the Standby Signal No. 1.

Hong Kong was affected by unsettled weather with heavy rain due to passages of troughs of low pressure and tropical cyclones in August. The Standby Signal No. 1 was hoisted for Typhoon Bilis and Severe Tropical Storm Maria respectively during the month. The Black Rainstorm Warning Signal was issued on August 24.

September was drier and slightly warmer than usual. Severe Tropical Storm Maria headed towards the south China coast on the early morning of September 1 and the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 was hoisted. Typhoon Wukong also necessitated the hoisting of the Strong Wind Signal in the month.

October was warmer and wetter than normal. It was also a windy month with the Strong Monsoon Signal hoisted on 13 days of the month.

It was cooler and wetter than usual in November. During the passage of Severe Tropical Storm Bebinca, the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal was hoisted for a duration of 89 hours, the longest for a tropical cyclone in November.

December was warmer and wetter than usual.


Last revision date: <20 Dec 2012>