The hottest day so far this year
(8 August 2001)
With abundant sunshine and light winds, afternoon temperatures rose to a maximum of 33.4 degrees at the Observatory today (Wednesday, 8 August 2001), making it the hottest day so far this year. A map showing maximum temperatures recorded at various parts of Hong Kong today is given below.
Please note that the 'Very Hot Warning' is still in force. A maximum of 33 degrees is expected in the urban areas tomorrow (Thursday, 9 August 2001) and temperatures will be a couple of degrees higher in parts of the New Territories. The public is reminded to take the following actions to avoid heat strokes due to the very hot weather:
1. When engaged in outdoor work or activities, drink plenty of water and avoid over exerting. If not feeling well, take a rest in the shade or cooler place as soon as possible;
2. Avoid prolong exposure under sunlight. Loose clothing, suitable hats and UV-absorbing sunglasses can reduce the chance of sunburn by solar ultraviolet radiation; and
3. Swimmers and those taking part in outdoor activities should use a sunscreen lotion of Sun Protection Factor 15 or above, and should re-apply it frequently.
For updates on the latest weather report, information on the Very Hot Weather Warning and UV Index, members of the public may browse the Observatory Internet web pages at:
http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/current.htm (update weather report);
http://www.hko.gov.hk/wservice/warning/coldhot.htm (Very Hot Weather Warning); and
http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/uvindex/english/euvtoday.htm (UV Index)