HK set to experience coldest New Year's Eve in five years after warm Christmas Day

HK set to experience coldest New Year's Eve in five years after warm Christmas Day

The coldest ever December 31 in Hong Kong on record was in 1984

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Christmas Day and Boxing Day will be warm, but don't put your coat away yet!
Photo: SCMP/Xiaomei Chen

While Christmas Day is expected to remain relatively warm, the Hong Kong Observatory says New Year’s Eve could be one of the coldest in recent years.

A high of 24 degrees Celsius is forecast on Boxing Day, but temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 11 degrees on New Year’s Eve, potentially making it the coldest in the past five years during this period.

Hong Kong’s daily mean temperatures recorded on New Year’s Eve since 2014 have all been above 15 degrees, with the warmest at 18.2 degrees in 2017. The coldest ever mark on this day since records began in 1884, was in 1984 at 8.7 degrees. 

On Saturday, the city experienced its warmest winter solstice on record with a mean daily temperature of 22.2 degrees, edging the past record of 22 degrees set in 1992 and 1998, weather officials said.

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The winter solstice, or dong zhi, marks the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. In the Chinese lunar calendar, it usually signifies being in the thick of winter.

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