July 2016 officially the hottest on record

If you thought that July felt rather hot, you were right - the hottest July ever, in fact!

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the monthly mean temperature was 1 degree higher than the normal figure of 28.8 degrees, equalling the previous record set in 2014.

After an unsettled start to the month, which saw the temperature drop to just 24.7 degrees at one point, the subsiding air outside the circulation of Super Typhoon Nepartak caused temperatures to soar, reaching over 37 degrees in some parts of Hong Kong.

The hot weather resulted in some spectacular thunderstorms overnight on July 9, with the Observatory recording 10,000 cloud-to-ground strikes over a 12 hour period. A few unsettled days followed, before an upper-air anticyclone established itself over the area and the intense heat returned.

In total, July saw four tropical cyclones build over the South China Sea and the western North Pacific, three amber rainstorms, 33 thunderstorm warnings and six very hot weather warnings.

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