Hong Kong recorded the hottest day in May since records began, as the mercury hit 36.1℃ at the Observatory weather station on Sunday.
“Under the influence of an anticyclone aloft, very hot weather will persist over the coast of Guangdong in the next couple of days,” the Observatory said.
The past two years have been hottest Hong Kong has seen since 1884, when records began.
19 gov’t temporary heat shelters have been opened – click to view
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
Causeway Bay Community Centre
3/F, 7 Fook Yum Road, Causeway Bay
Wah Kwai Community Centre
Wah Kwai Estate, Kellett Bay
Wan Chai –
Wan Chai Activities Centre
LG/F, Wan Chai Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Kowloon City –
Hung Hom Community Hall
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
Sham Shui Po –
Shek Kip Mei Community Hall
G/F, Block 42, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po
Wong Tai Sin –
Tsz Wan Shan (South) Estate Community Centre
45 Wan Wah Street, Tsz Wan Shan
Yau Tsim Mong –
Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre
60 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei
New Territories Districts:
Lobby, G/F, Tung Chung Municipal Services Building,
39 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung
Kwai Tsing –
Kwai Shing Community Hall
Podium, Block 6, Kwai Shing West Estate, Kwai Chung
Cheung Wah Community Hall
Cheung Wah Estate, Fanling
Sai Kung –
King Lam Neighbourhood Community Centre
King Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O
Sha Tin –
Lung Hang Estate Community Centre
Lung Hang Estate, Sha Tin
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
Tuen Mun –
Butterfly Bay Community Centre
Butterfly Estate (near Tip Sum House), Tuen Mun
Yuen Long –
Long Ping Community Hall
Long Ping Estate, Yuen Long
Yuen Long –
Tin Yiu Community Centre
Tin Yiu Estate, Tin Shui Wai
A 61-year-old man with chronic health problems collapsed during a hike from Tai Po to Fanling, and later died at Nethersole Easter Hospital.
The Centre for Health Protection warned Hongkongers to be wary of heat stroke: “The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities,” a spokesperson said in a press release.
The “very hot” weather warning was hoisted at 6:50am on Sunday.
As sea levels rise and the climate crisis escalates, Greenpeace predicts that super typhoons will begin to occur every decade by the middle of this century. The NGO warned last year that “about 28 square kilometres of Hong Kong coastal lands, equivalent to 147 Victoria Parks, will be under seawater, affecting nearly 100,000 human lives.”
In 2020, Hong Kong saw a record 47 days with temperatures over 33℃ – classified as “very hot” by the Observatory.
The heat wave is set to continue into next week, with highs of 33℃ predicted for Monday through till Wednesday.
The city will see showers from Thursday onwards as a trough of low pressure affects the region.