Observatory: May in Hong Kong much cooler than usual

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June 3, 2022

HONG KONG – After an extremely dry and sunny April, Hong Kong was much cooler than usual in May, the Hong Kong Observatory said on Thursday.

With a stronger than normal northeast monsoon affecting southern China, the city’s monthly average temperature was 25.0 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees below the normal figure of 26.3 degrees, said the HKO.

May was also wetter than usual with total rainfall of 436.5 millimeters, about 50% above the normal 290.6 mm, mainly due to heavy rains from May 11 to 13.

Stormy morning weather on May 13 also led to the first red torrential rain warning signal of the year being issued

Stormy morning weather on May 13 also led to the first red torrential rain warning signal of the year being issued.

The cumulative rainfall recorded in the first five months of the year was 705.3mm, about 19 percent higher than the normal figure of 590.9mm for the same period, he added.

The temperature recorded at the Hong Kong Observatory dropped to a low of 16.4 degrees on the morning of May 2, the lowest May record since 1917. The daily average temperature of 18.5 degrees that day was also the lowest on record in May.

Apart from a few showers, the weather was generally fine and warm from May 29 to 30. The temperature recorded at HKO rose to a high of 32.7 degrees on the afternoon of May 30, the highest of the month.

There was no tropical cyclone during the e

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