If you are planning to watch the fireworks this New Year’s Eve, be sure to put on some layers and grab a hot drink, because this December 31 could be the coldest in five years.
With the Hong Kong Observatory predicting cold and windy weather over the next few days, partygoers could be in for a chilly, and possibly rainy, evening on Monday.
Temperatures are predicted to drop significantly today and continue to fall over the weekend into next week, staying between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius from Monday to Wednesday. Rain patches are also expected over the weekend.
The cold weather is a result of an intensive winter monsoon blowing in from the north-east, which will also bring rain to Guangdong during the weekend and most of next week.
In addition, a tropical cyclone currently east of the Philippines will enter the South China Sea over the weekend, moving across the southern part of the sea and causing a further drop in temperature.
“I may change my plans for the holiday because of the cold weather,” Hazel Poon Hei-lam, 18, from Chinese University, told Young Post. “Originally, I had intended to count down with my school friends. But now, we may have to stay indoors and watch the fireworks from there.”
The weather won’t affect 16-year-old Candice Leung Cheuk-yan’s New Year’s Eve plans, as the Pui Ching Middle School student will be studying for exams. “But I think cold weather is good; at least we get a taste of winter,” she said. “There wasn’t much of a festive atmosphere during Christmas because of how warm it was.”
The last time temperatures dropped below 15 degrees Celsius on New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong was in 2012. The temperature recorded then was 10.2 degrees. In the past five years, the daily mean temperature on New Year’s Eve has ranged from 16 to 18 degrees, with the warmest at 18.2 degrees in 2016.