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January’s extreme weather experience

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In place of freezing temperatures over the last weekend, a heavy downpour on Thursday has made for Hong Kong’s wettest January in 129 years.

The Hong Kong Observatory recorded 233.8mm of rainfall on January 28. Saturday, the 30th, remains to be the only sunny day left before month’s end.

This broke the record of 214.3mm of rainfall in January of 1887. It is more than twice as much as the third rainiest January in Hong Kong, which was at 110.2mm in 1925. The city’s rainfall records date as far back as 1884.

Winter months on average see 64mm to 147mm of rainfall. The El Nino phenomenon, which began in May 2014, was predicted to raise the amount of winter precipitation this season.

The first few days of February, in contrast, will see only a few rain patches, as the temperature drops once again as early as the first.

Photo from the Hong Kong Observatory.


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