Temperatures in Hong Kong reached 34 degrees Celsius on Wednesday – the hottest day of the year so far – with scorching weather set to continue throughout the week.

A reading of 34 degrees was recorded at 2:30pm at Tsim Sha Tsui’s Observatory. It exceeded Tuesday afternoon’s record of 33.8 degrees.

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Wednesday 1:30pm. Photo: Hong Kong Observatory.

Temperatures also exceeded 34 degrees in areas of the New Territories such as Sheung Shui and Ta Kwu Ling.

The very hot weather warning was issued on Wednesday morning for the third day in the row.

“The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities,” a spokesman for the The Centre for Health Protection said on Wednesday.

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Photo: HKO.

“The subtropical ridge will bring generally fine and very hot weather to southeastern China in the next few days,” said the Observatory.

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Maximum temperatures will exceed 33 degrees until next Monday, when the ridge of high pressure over Hong Kong is expected to weaken.

“A southwesterly airstream will bring showers to the south China coastal areas midweek next week,” the Observatory added.

Elson Tong is a graduate of international relations and former investigations consultant. He has also written for Stand News.