Liberty Times reported that Hong Kong Observatory recorded 36.1 degrees Celcius (96.98 degrees Fahrenheit) on July 24. This is the highest temperature recorded in July in this observatory since 1884.
For the past few days, many areas have had temperatures above 37 degrees Celcius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), such as Shui sweltering at 100.5 degrees Farenheit, Ta Kwu Ling hitting 100.2 degrees Farenheit, and Tai Lung registering 99.86 degrees Farenheit.
According to Climate-data, Hong Kong’s average annual temperature is 72.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, this year’s summer heat in China’s self-governing island far exceeds the historical average temperature on the island.
Summer in Hong Kong starts at the end of June and ends in September. So, the months of summer are June, July, August, and September.
Data from NOAA shows that, on average, the highest temperature in Hong Kong’s summer months in history is much lower than this year’s.
Specifically, the average maximum temperature in June is 86 degrees Fahrenheit, July is 87.8, August is 87.8 degrees Farenheit, and September is 86 degrees.
According to weather forecasts, Hong Kong will continue to be hot for the rest of July and may continue to break records.
Besides Hong Kong, other localities in China are also experiencing record heat waves. This takes place in the context that, in recent years, China has continuously suffered from natural disasters and anomalies, including floods, sandstorms, and droughts, and witnessed blood moons.