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Hong Kong experienced the highest March temperature in 140 years.

Hong Kong experienced the highest March temperature in 140 years

HONG KONG — Hong Kong residents were left feeling the heat on Sunday as the city experienced its highest March temperature in 140 years, according to the city’s weather observatory. The mercury soared to a scorching 31.5 degrees Celsius (88.7 degrees Fahrenheit), marking an unprecedented milestone since temperature records began in 1884.

As the sweltering conditions persisted, temperatures even surpassed 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in the northern areas of the territory, which lie in close proximity to the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The Hong Kong Observatory has issued an advisory stating that the sizzling weather will persist on Monday, fueled by a persistent southerly airstream and abundant sunshine. The urban areas can expect temperatures to reach a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 degrees Fahrenheit), while parts of the New Territories may experience even higher temperatures, making it a scorching day for residents.

However, the observatory has also issued a word of caution, alerting the public to the potential adverse health effects of the hot weather. They have urged residents to remain vigilant and stay hydrated by consuming ample amounts of water.

This recent heatwave comes on the heels of Hong Kong’s hottest summer on record in 2023, when the mercury soared to an average temperature of 29.7 degrees Celsius (85.5 degrees Fahrenheit) between June and August. In an unprecedented occurrence, all 12 months of 2023 experienced temperatures higher than the usual average.

The extreme weather conditions have raised concerns among experts about the long-term effects of climate change. With rising global temperatures and increasingly frequent heatwaves, Hong Kong’s recent records serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address climate issues on a global scale.

As residents and authorities grapple with the scorching temperatures, it is essential for individuals to take necessary precautions to protect their health and well-being. Staying hydrated, seeking shade, and avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight are crucial steps to mitigate the risks associated with the soaring temperatures.

While Hong Kong’s vibrant streets are accustomed to bustling activity, the city’s residents are now faced with the challenge of adapting to an unforgiving climate. The record-breaking March heatwave serves as a stark reminder that climate change is not a distant threat but a present reality, demanding immediate attention and action from both individuals and policymakers alike.