Hot weather continues as "Major heat" expected to see up to 37 degrees

Heat alert prolongs this week as Saturday (July 23) marks the "Major heat", the last solar term in the summer according to the Chinese lunar calendar, when Sheung Shui and Ta Ku Ling were expected to see 37 degrees Celsius.

According to the Observatory, an anticyclone aloft is bringing generally fine weather to southern China. Locally, temperatures over parts of the territory rose to 33 degrees around noon. A southwesterly airstream is bringing a few showers to the coast of Guangdong.

Temperatures from Monday to Wednesday will range from 29 to 34 degrees. The weather is forecast to be mainly fine and very hot, apart from isolated showers in the afternoon.

The weather outlook suggested persistently very hot this week, with the maximum temperature reaching 35 degrees.

On Saturday, which marks the "Major heat" (also known as Dashu), the temperature in all districts will be 33 degrees or above at 2pm. Ta Kwu Ling and Sheung Shui will see the temperature reach 37 degrees, while that in Tai Po and Shek Kong will be 36 degrees, and 35 degrees in Tseung Kwan O and Sha Tin.

The HKO said earlier that there is a chance it will be the hottest Dashu since 1972.