HK bakes under record-breaking heat

Hong Kong has recorded the seventh day this year when temperatures reached 35 degrees or above, the most since records began in 1884, according to the city’s weather watchdog.

The Observatory on Monday issued the very hot weather waning, noting that a subtropical ridge will bring generally fine and very hot weather to the territory.

Temperatures on Monday afternoon rose to about 36 degrees in the urban areas, the mercury over parts of the New Territories even reached 38 degrees.

The Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui recorded 35.8 degrees in the afternoon, the seventh day this year that the temperature exceeded 35 degrees or above, breaking the annual record since 1884.

The Observatory said it will be persistently very hot and sunny for the rest of this week to early next week, with maximum temperature on Wednesday reaching 35 degrees or above in the urban areas, and a couple of degrees higher in the New Territories.

It called on the public to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun as much as possible, and outdoor workers to pay attention to sun protection and drink more water.