‘Great Heat’ scorches Hong Kong with near-record temperatures

‘Great Heat’ scorches Hong Kong with near-record temperatures

The Chinese solar calendar marked July 22 to 24 as Great Heat, and it certainly felt that way all across the city


Temperatures hit 33 degrees Celsius on Friday, and the heat will continue into this week.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Hong Kong saw another scorching weekend, thanks to a belt of high pressure, known as a subtropical ridge. That heat led to a hot weather warning from the Observatory (HKO).

Friday was close to the hottest “Great Heat” day in 44 years, according to HKO. Great Heat is a span of time marked in the Chinese solar calendar. It usually falls between July 22 and 24, and it is often the hottest time of the year.

Since records began in 1947, the hottest Great Heat was recorded in 1972, at 34.7 degrees. The city’s temperature on Friday soared to 33 degrees Celsius in the New Territories, and the average temperature at noon was 31 degrees.

HKO’s website predicted that the hot weather will continue, but a few showers are expected in the middle of this week.

Some workers in Central did not let the high temperatures slow them down. A construction worker in his 20s said that he was not aware that Friday was Great Heat.

“I’ll just do the usual, drink lots of water and have a wet towel [around my neck],” he said.

At noon, when many office workers were scurrying around under their umbrellas, couriers continued transporting their loads under the blazing sun.

“There’s no way to avoid the heat,” said one courier surnamed Mok. “I will just drink more water.”

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
‘No problem’ for locals as HK sizzles


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