Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hot, hot, hot!

A colourful way to warn against heat stroke

This Thursday's South China Morning Post's front page had an article that confirmed what many of us had been suspecting: that this month is the hottest August that Hong Kong has had in decades. How hot can be discerned from factoids such as these:-

- As of August 26th, the Hong Kong Observatory had recorded ten "very hot" days (i.e., with temperatures past 33 degrees Celsius);

- There has only been one August with more "very hot" days since recorded began to be kept in 1885... in 1962, when there were 15 for the whole month of August.

- Three construction works have died of heat stroke since July.

(And adding to all this is the fact that rainfall is 113.4 milimeters below the August average.)

All of which makes hiking not the most ideal of weekend activities... and yet, I just can't make myself stay in the air-conditioned indoors all day. Not even today, when the maximum temperature recorded was 35.2 degrees Celsius in Sheung Shui and even The Peak wasn't that much cooler with a maximum recorded temperature of 31.4 degrees Celsius -- not when there's so much to see and do in Hong Kong for pleasure and fun! ;S


sbk said...

HI ytsl,

Yikes, yikes, yikes too hot. Hong Kong has such imaginative and colorful public service banners.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Too hot indeed! I'm sooooo looking forward to autumn (fall to you Americans) and cooler weather!!!