HK’s hot weather stretches on, temperatures expected to climb above 35 degrees later this week

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A solid stretch of hot summer weather in Hong Kong will persist in the coming few days, with the temperatures expected to climb up to 35 degrees or higher.

The very hot weather warning continues to be in effect on Monday as sweltering heat continues to take over Hong Kong.

Wong Wai-Kin, a senior scientific officer for the Hong Kong Observatory, told a radio program this morning that the hot weather is here to stay.

From Friday to early next week, the temperature can even reach 35 degrees or higher, said Wong. The rise in temperature is mainly caused by the dominance of the subtropical ridge.

Wong also added that when comparing the days where the temperature reached 33 degrees or above to previous years, in July 2020 there were 20 days, in July 2021 there were 17 days and in July 2022 so far, there have been nine days.

When comparing the nights where the lowest temperature was 28 degrees or above, in July 2020 there were 21 days, in July 2021 there were 18 days and in July 2022 so far, there have been 13 days.

Meanwhile, by midday Monday, the temperatures in many districts - including Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Sham Shui Po - rose to about 32 degrees celsius. Temperatures in Tai Po and Tai Mei Tuk also reached 33 degrees, whereas Sheung Shui saw a high of 34 degrees.