Hong Kong is expected to see a dry, bright but chilly Lunar New Year break, following a colder period in the earlier part of this week.

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Hongkongers wrap up warm during the chilly weather on January 16, 2022. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.

The Observatory said on Monday that the “winter monsoon will bring cold and dry weather to Guangdong in the next couple of days,” with temperatures as low as 11 degrees Celcius expected on Monday and Tuesday.

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Photo: HKO.

The mercury is expected to gradually climb, with highs of 15 degrees Celsius at the start of the week, rising to 19 degrees by Sunday – the first day of the Lunar New Year.

The city saw a foggy weekend with the Observatory hoisting the cold weather warning on Sunday afternoon – the first of 2023.

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Fog gathers along the Chinese border, as seen from Hong Kong’s Kuk Po in Plover Cove Country Park on Saturday. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The Centre for Health Protection urged the vulnerable and elderly to stay warm, whilst a Labour Department press release urged employers to make appropriate arrangements for staff.

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Hongkongers wrap up during the chilly weather on January 16, 2022. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.

The Home Affairs Department has opened 18 temporary heat shelters across the city. Those seeking refuge can call 2572 8427.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and 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.