Cooler weather is expected today as the city faces a cold front, but temperatures will increase in the middle and latter parts of this week, according to the Observatory.
Scientific Officer for the Observatory, Stephen Lau Po-wing, told Young Post that temperatures will range from 14 to 19 degrees Celsius.
“A cold front will affect the coastal areas of Guangdong, causing a marked drop of temperatures,” said Lau, adding that there would be rain intervals.
This is a contrast from the high of 27 degrees recorded in Yuen Long on Friday. Last Monday also saw unseasonal warm weather as temperatures rose to 27 degree Celsius in urban areas and 31 degrees in Shek Kong in the New Territories.
Meanwhile, the city has seen one of its warmest starts to a year. Mean temperatures from December to February hovered at 18.4 degrees Celsius, 1.4 degrees higher than the normal between 1981 and 2010.
“The general impression is that there really wasn’t much of a winter this year,” said Observatory director Shun Chi-ming. He continued: “2016 was already warmer than usual. We can all feel the impact of climate change deeply.”
Shun added there was a 70 per cent chance this year would be one of the city’s top 10 warmest on record. Mean temperatures last year made it the city’s seventh warmest in recorded history.