It may finally be time to break out the fan heaters and “hot egg” hand warmers. Temperatures are set to plummet on Wednesday with lows of 12 degrees Celsius expected across Hong Kong.

The Observatory raised the cold weather warning at 4:20pm Tuesday. The strong monsoon and red fire warnings also remain in effect as the winter monsoon brings dry weather to the coastal region of Guangdong.

The weather will continue to be bright with moderate to fresh northerly winds through the week, as the cool weather continues. It is predicted to be warmer next week.

The Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (SCHSA) warned elderly people to wrap up warm and take care of themselves ahead of the cold snap.

Chief Executive Officer Irene Leung said: “Sharp changes of weather and temperature could trigger respiratory diseases or complications of chronic diseases. The SCHSA wishes to remind our seniors to be aware of upcoming weather changes, to take good care of their personal well-being, and to seek help immediately when feeling unwell or in case of emergency.”

File photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP.

The Labour Department has asked employers to take the cold weather warning into consideration.

The government has opened 17 cold weather shelters.

”Click to view a list of cold weather shelters“

Hong Kong Districts:

Central and Western –
Sai Ying Pun Community Complex Community Hall
3/F, Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun

Eastern/Wan Chai –
Causeway Bay Community Centre
3/F, Waiting Lobby,
7 Fook Yum Road, Causeway Bay

Southern –
Lei Tung Community Hall
Lei Tung Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Aberdeen

Kowloon Districts:

Kowloon City –
Hung Hom Community Hall
Multi-purpose Room, 1/F, Kowloon City Government Offices, 42 Bailey Street, Hung Hom

Kwun Tong –
Lam Tin (West) Estate Community Centre
71 Kai Tin Road, Lam Tin

Wong Tai Sin –
Tsz Wan Shan (South) Estate Community Centre
Hall, G/F, 45 Wan Wah Street, Tsz Wan Shan

Sham Shui Po –
Nam Cheong District Community Centre
1 Cheong San Lane, Sham Shui Po

Yau Tsim Mong –
Henry G. LEONG Yau Ma Tei Community Centre
60 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei

New Territories:

North –
Wo Hing Community Hall
G/F, 7 Wo Ming Lane, Fanling

Tai Po –
Tai Po Community Centre
2 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po

Tsuen Wan –
Lei Muk Shue Community Hall
G/F, Hong Shue House
Lei Muk Shue Estate, Tsuen Wan

Yuen Long –
Long Ping Community Hall
Long Ping Estate, Yuen Long

Islands –
Tung Chung Community Hall
G/F, Tung Chung Municipal Services Building,
39 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung

Kwai Tsing –
Tai Wo Hau Estate Community Centre
15 Tai Wo Hau Road, Kwai Chung

Sai Kung –
Hang Hau Community Hall
G/F, Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Government Complex,
38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O

Sha Tin –
Lung Hang Estate Community Centre
Lung Hang Estate, Sha Tin

Tuen Mun –
Butterfly Bay Community Centre
Butterfly Estate (near Tip Sum House), Tuen Mun

Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.