Temperature in urban areas in Hong Kong dropped to 11 degrees Celsius at 7am on Friday, the lowest record so far this winter.

In the New Territories, it was even chillier—lows of between four and seven degrees Celsius were recorded in Ta Kwu Ling and Shek Kong respectively.

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The Hong Kong Observatory said a winter monsoon is bringing cold and dry weather to the south China coastal areas. The highest temperature on Friday will be a crisp 15 degrees Celsius, with temperatures expected to stay cold this weekend and gradually rise to above 20 degrees Celsius towards Christmas.

A cold weather warning and a fire danger alert have been in force since Wednesday.

The lowest temperature ever recorded at the Observatory was zero degrees Celsius on January 18, 1893.

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.