‘Very Hot Weather’ Warning issued
The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today warned the public against the “high” risk of heatstroke as it issued a “Very Hot Weather Warning” around lunchtime.
The HKO said the very hot weather may cause adverse health effects with the temperature going up to 34 degrees Celcius in Ta Kwu Ling, and 32 degrees in Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O, Shek Kong, Happy Valley, Yuen Long Park, and Tai Mei Tuk at 1 p.m.
“The risk of heatstroke is high. 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, adding that loose clothing, suitable hats and UV-blocking sunglasses 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.
Also, beware of the health and wellbeing of the elderly or persons with chronic medical conditions, it added.
The warning was lifted at around 2 p.m. while the HKO expects rainy weather next week.