Hong Kong’s warm and sunny Christmas holidays are coming to an end, with the temperature forecast to drop to 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday, with rain also expected this weekend.
The city experienced some relatively cooler days earlier this month, with the temperature dropping to 14.7 degrees in the city centre on December 9. Since then, the weather has been warmer, with the temperature reaching nearly 24 degrees at noon on Thursday.
But, Hong Kong Observatory said a cold front over inland Guangdong had been moving southwards, and was expected to reach the coast of Guangdong and Hong Kong on Thursday night.
“There will be northerly winds, and the weather [in Hong Kong] will become appreciably cooler on Thursday night,” said Lee Fung-ying, a scientific officer at the Observatory.
“The lowest temperature will decrease to about 17 degrees … so residents are advised to bring a jacket with them if they are coming home late at night.”
The weather will be fine and dry on Friday, with the relative humidity of around 50 to 75 per cent.
But, the combined effect of the monsoon, and Tropical Cyclone Phanfone, which is moving across the South China Sea, will bring thunderstorms over the weekend and early next week. Temperatures will range from 17 to 21 degrees.
The observatory also predicted that another surge of the north-east monsoon would reach southern China by the middle of next week, and it would be cool again over the region.
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