Strong Monsoon Signal & Cold Weather Warning Issued
UPDATE: The Cold Weather Warning was cancelled at 11:00am Thursday December 21st.
UPDATE: The Strong Monsoon Signal was cancelled at 9:45am Sunday. The Cold Weather Warning is still in effect.
UPDATE: As of 7:45am Sunday the Strong Monsoon Signal and Cold Weather Warning are still in effect.
The Hong Kong Observatory raised their Strong Monsoon Signal at 6:45pm today. Strong winds with mean speed exceeding 40 kilometres per hour are expected from the north. Gusts will occasionally reach gale force.
In the hour ending 8:30 p.m., the maximum sustained winds recorded at Cheung Chau were 54 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 78 kilometres per hour. In the hour ending 6:30 p.m., the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island and Cheung Chau were 65 and 54 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 78 and 78 kilometres per hour respectively.
1. If you are not well sheltered from the north, you are advised to take precautions against strong gusty winds. Flower pots and other objects likely to be blown away should be taken indoors.
2. Small craft owners should make arrangements for the safety of their boats. Make sure that all deck fittings are firmly fastened.
3. Since sea state may be very rough, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports. Conditions are particularly rough over the offshore waters.
Last dispatched by Hong Kong Observatory at 07:45 HKT on 17.12.2017. First dispatched by Hong Kong Observatory at 15:00 HKT on 16.12.2017
The Hong Kong Observatory also issued their Cold Weather Warning at 4:20 pm today as cold weather is expected in Hong Kong in the next few days. The minimum temperatures in the urban areas for tomorrow will be around 12 degrees. It will be a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories.
People are advised to put on warm clothes and ensure adequate indoor ventilation.
People are also advised to avoid prolonged exposure to wintry winds, especially on high ground to avoid getting cold and having adverse health effects.
If you know of elderly persons or persons with chronic medical conditions staying alone, please call or visit them occasionally to check if they need any assistance.
Make sure heaters are safe before use, and place them away from any combustibles. Do not light fires indoors as a means to keep warm.
Please ensure that there is plenty of fresh air in your room when you are using an old-type gas water heater.
Last dispatched by Hong Kong Observatory at 07:00 HKT on 17.12.2017. First dispatched at 16:20 HKT on 16.12.2017
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