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Hong Kong’s Heatwave Claims Three Hikers in Rapid Succession

Hong Kong's Heatwave Claims Three Hikers in Rapid Succession

As temperatures soared across Hong Kong on Saturday, three hikers were rushed to hospitals within a 30-minute span due to heat-related illnesses, authorities reported.

The incidents occurred as the Hong Kong Observatory issued a Very Hot Weather Warning, with temperatures climbing to around 34 degrees Celsius (93.2°F) in most parts of the city.

The first case was reported at 1:05 p.m. on Po Toi Island, involving a male hiker. Just 17 minutes later, emergency services received a call from Pak Lap in Sai Kung, where one of three hikers had succumbed to heat stroke. The third incident occurred at 1:28 p.m. on Tung Lung Chau island.

Two of the affected hikers were airlifted to Wan Chai before being transferred to hospitals by ambulance. The condition of the hikers was not immediately available.

The Hong Kong Observatory, which issued the Very Hot Weather Warning at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, urged residents to stay hydrated, take frequent breaks, and seek immediate medical attention if feeling unwell.

“The combination of high temperatures and humidity can be particularly dangerous for those engaging in outdoor activities,” said a spokesperson for the Observatory.

The heat wave is expected to continue into Sunday, with morning temperatures forecast to reach 28°C (82.4°F) and daytime highs of 33°C (91.4°F) in urban areas. The New Territories may experience even higher temperatures, potentially a couple of degrees above the urban readings.

As Hong Kong grapples with this intense heat, authorities are advising residents, particularly those planning outdoor activities, to exercise caution and prioritize their health and safety.