HK Observatory issues ‘very hot weather warning’

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The Observatory urged the public to avoid prolonged exposure under the sun.


The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued early this afternoon the Very Hot Weather Warning and warned the public that the “risk of heatstroke is very high.”

The HKO issued the warning at 1:05 p.m. with the temperature in the city going up to 32.5 degrees Celcius as of 2:20 p.m.

“When engaged in outdoor work or activities, drink plenty of water and avoid over exertion. If not feeling well, take a rest in the shade or cooler place as soon as possible,” the HKO said.

“People staying indoors without air-conditioning should keep windows open as far as possible to ensure that there is adequate ventilation,” it added.

The Observatory also urged the public to avoid prolonged exposure under sunlight and to use loose clothing, suitable hats and UV-blocking sunglasses that can reduce the chance of sunburn by solar ultraviolet radiation.

“Swimmers and those taking part in outdoor activities should use a sunscreen lotion of SPF 15 or above, and should re-apply it frequently,” the HKO said.

“Beware of health and wellbeing of elderly or persons with chronic medical conditions. If you know of them, call or visit them occasionally to check if they need any assistance,” it added.