The Hong Kong Observatory issued the Very Hot Weather Warning at 5:45 a.m. on 1 July 2003. The warning remained in force until 4:45 p.m. today (6 July 2003). The Very Hot Weather Warning during this episode lasted for 131 hours, the longest since the introduction of the warning in late 1999. The previous record was 97 hours from 24 to 28 June 2002.
With a ridge of high pressure extending westwards from the western Pacific, the weather over the south China coastal region improved in late June. Locally in Hong Kong, the weather became very hot with abundant sunshine in early July. A maximum temperature of 33.6 degrees was recorded at the Observatory on 3 July, the hottest so far this year. Temperatures even reached 35.0 degrees in Chek Lap Kok that day.
Although the Very Hot Weather Warning has been cancelled, the weather will remain hot for the next few days. The maximum temperature in the urban areas will be around 32 degrees. It will still be in the region of 33 degrees in parts of the New Territories. Members of the public should continue to be on the alert to the risk of heatstroke.
For updates on weather information, members of the public may call the Observatory Dial-a-Weather service at 187 8200 (Cantonese), 187 8202 (Putonghua) and 187 8066 (English). The public could also browse the following Observatory Internet web pages :
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