hong kong: Hong Kong saw hottest summer on record in ’23 (labcalindia)

Hong Kong: Hong Kong experienced its hottest summer on record this year, with the city seeing “record-breaking” temperatures, the government said Monday, the latest region to experience the impact of a warming planet.

Climate change has fuelled searing temperatures across the globe already this year, with India, Japan and Australia last week announcing recent temperature records toppled.

In the semi-autonomous Chinese region of Hong Kong, officials declared on Monday that “together with the exceptionally hot weather in June and July, Hong Kong experienced the hottest summer on record from June to August 2023”.

The city recorded a monthly mean temperature of 29.7 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) last month, the hottest August on record, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

This year also saw the third-hottest July and fourth-hottest June since records began in 1884.

The top three warmest years in Hong Kong’s history were all recorded after 2018. August was also “much drier than usual with a total rainfall of 5.5 inches,” the Observatory added. Worldwide, temperature records have tumbled in recent years, as climate change makes meteorological conditions more volatile.

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