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Cold Weather Warning and Strong Monsoon Signal now both in force

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An intense surge is affecting southern China. Cold weather is expected in Hong Kong in the next few days, as well as strong winds with mean speed exceeding 40 kilometres per hour. Gusts will occasionally reach gale force.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Waglan Island and Cheung Chau were 72 and 53 kilometres per hour with maximum gusts 85 and 82 kilometres per hour respectively. The outside temperature is around 9 degrees.

The Hong Kong Observatory is advising HK residents to be cautious when going outside: “As Hong Kong is being affected by a cold winter monsoon, people are advised to put on warm clothes and to avoid adverse health effects due to the cold weather. You must also ensure adequate indoor ventilation. If you must go out, please avoid prolonged exposure to wintry winds. Make sure heaters are safe before use, and place them away from any combustibles. Do not light fires indoors as a means to keep warm. Please ensure that there is plenty of fresh air in your room when you are using an old-type gas water heater.”

Also regarding the strong winds, the HK Observatory warns:
“1. If you are not well sheltered from the north, you are advised to take precautions against strong gusty winds. Flower pots and other objects likely to be blown away should be taken indoors.

2. Small craft owners should make arrangements for the safety of their boats. Make sure that all deck fittings are firmly fastened.

3. Since sea state is very rough, you are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports. Conditions are particularly rough over the offshore waters.”

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