Temperatures in Hong Kong are expected to continue to climb and peak at 35 degrees Celsius this Saturday.

This week’s persistent hot weather is being caused by tropical cyclones in the Western Pacific, according to Ho Yu-heng, scientific officer at the Hong Kong Observatory.

“The outer subsiding air is set to bring clear skies and strong sunlight, while warm winds from the mainland blowing across the coastal regions will further raise the temperature,” Ho told HKFP.

‘Super Typhoon’ Soudelor, which has been described as 2015’s most powerful storm, is expected to hit Taiwan over the next couple of days. Under the influence of the tropical cyclone, Hong Kong is likely to experience thunderstorms and a few showers early next week.

Typoon Soudelor. Earth.

Saturday is also the day of ‘liqiu‘, which marks the commencement of autumn and the 13th solar term in the Chinese Agricultural calendar. Statistics from the Hong Kong Observatory show that should temperatures hit 35 degrees Celsius on Saturday as predicted, it will be the hottest day of the year, as well as the hottest ‘liqiu’ in Hong Kong since 1947.

Typhoon Soudelor closes in on Taiwan. Photo: HKO.

The Home Affairs Department has stated that it will open 15 temporary night heat shelters on Thursday night for people in need of refuge from the heat. The centres will be open from 10.30pm until 8am tomorrow.

Photo: HKO.

The weather forecast for Hong Kong is mainly fine and very hot, with the maximum temperature predicted to be around 34 degrees on Friday with light to moderate westerly winds.

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Karen Cheung

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.