The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has further enhanced the regional weather information service on its website today (December 13) by adding real-time weather photos captured by two new cameras at the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in West Kowloon, as well as improving the resolution of weather photos at some locations.
The two new cameras are installed on upper floors of the ICC. One of them faces southeast and the other faces southwest, overlooking the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and part of Tsim Sha Tsui. Many famous landmarks including Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, International Finance Centre and Central Ferry Piers, as well as a number of hiking and tourist hotspots such as the Hong Kong Trail and Victoria Peak, are also captured by the cameras.
Real-time weather photos help monitor regional weather conditions such as fog, showers and thunderstorms. By making use of the weather photos together with the meteorological data measured by the HKO’s automatic weather stations at various locations, members of the public and tourists can better appreciate the weather changes over different regions of Hong Kong. For photography enthusiasts, weather photos assist them in planning outdoor photographic activities such as capturing scenery in the morning and at dusk, as well as a sea of clouds or a fireworks display.
A spokesperson for the ICC Management Services Office said, “We are very pleased to collaborate with the HKO and highly support the service so that the public and tourists can better grasp the latest weather conditions over the harbour.”
With the addition of weather photos at the ICC, the number of sites providing weather photos on the HKO’s website has increased to 28. Members of the public can access the weather photos through the HKO’s “Regional Weather in Hong Kong” webpage (www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/ts/index_e_webcam.htm) and mobile platform webpage (www.hko.gov.hk/m/wxphoto.htm). The newly added real-time weather photos at the ICC will also be made available through “MyObservatory”, HKO’s smartphone weather service application, in its next upgrade.