Feelin' hot hot hot! HK observatory records hottest June since 1885

Feelin' hot hot hot! HK observatory records hottest June since 1885

City experiences its hottest June for 100 years as the numbers of 'very hot days' and 'hot nights' break records

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Crowds gather at Shek O despite the "Very Hot Weather" warning in June
Crowds gather at Shek O despite the "Very Hot Weather" warning in June
Photo: Franke Tsang/SCMP

Hong Kong last month sweated in the heat of the hottest June since records began more than 100 years ago, with an average temperature of 29.7 degrees Celsius.

That figure is 1.8 degrees higher than the June average of 27.9 degrees, says the Hong Kong Observatory.

This is also the second June in a row that the monthly average temperature has hit a new high. The previous record was smashed last year when the thermometers showed 29 degrees on average for the first time.

The numbers of "very hot days" and "hot nights" broke records, too: there were 13 hot nights - when the minimum temperature during nighttime reaches 28 degrees or more. This was one night more than the previous record of 12 in 1995.

The number of very hot days - when the maximum temperature reaches 33 degrees or above - was 10, equalling a record set in 1980. Maximum temperatures on June 18 and June 19 soared to 34.2 degrees, the highest of the month.

Following the hottest Tuen Ng Festival on record on June 20, Tropical Storm Kujira brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to slightly cool down the city for about four days.

But after the Kujira rains had gone, the weather became sunny and very hot towards the end of the month, the Observatory said.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
HK sweats it out

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