Very Hot Weather Warning issued over HK for 14th straight day
The Hong Kong Observatory this morning again issued a “Very Hot Weather Warning” which it had been issuing daily since July 26.
The Observatory said temperature today (August 8) could reach a high of 33 degrees Celsius and a low of 27 degrees Celsius.
“Very hot with sunny periods in the afternoon,” the Observatory said in its forecast for today.
But relief against the hot weather is in sight with rainy weather expected to start tomorrow until Friday next week.
“Sunny intervals tomorrow. The weather will become unsettled with showers and thunderstorms on Friday and over the weekend,” the Observatory said.
But with the Very Hot Weather Warning still up this afternoon, the Labour Department reminded employers to make sure that their employees should not suffer from heatstroke.
“Labour Department reminds employers that as the Very Hot Weather Warning is in force, they should assess the risk of heat stroke to their employees and adopt effective preventive measures such as providing cool drinking water, setting up temporary sunshade and providing mechanical aids to reduce physical exertion of employees,” the department said in a statement.
“Employees should drink water regularly and be mindful of their physical condition,” it added.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) earlier reminded members of the public, particularly those undertaking outdoor activities, to take the necessary measures against heat stroke and sunburn in very hot weather.
“The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities,” a spokesman for the CHP said.
“Those engaged in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as they speed up water loss through the urinary system,” the spokesman explained.
“The obese, the sick, including those with heart disease or high blood pressure, the old and the young are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. They should pay special attention,” the spokesman added.
The CHP said the public should adopt precautions like wearing loose and light-coloured clothing to reduce heat absorption and facilitate sweat evaporation and heat dissipation.
Avoid vigorous exercise and prolonged activities like hiking or trekking as heat, sweating and exhaustion place additional demands on the physique, the CHP said.
It said members of the public should also perform outdoor activities in the morning or late afternoon.
For indoor activities, open all windows, use a fan or use air-conditioning to maintain good ventilation; and reschedule work to cooler times of the day, the CHP said.
If working in a hot environment is inevitable, introduce shade in the workplace where practicable, and start work slowly and pick up the pace gradually. Get into a cool area for rest at regular intervals to allow the body to recuperate, it added.