AT least 99 elderly people were sent to hospitals for heat-related heart attacks and other complaints as Hong Kong sizzled in the year’s first extreme hot weather.
Temperatures hit 33 degrees Celsius last weekend. There will be some relief today, with maximum temperatures forecast at 32 degrees and a few showers. Then it will again be very hot this weekend.
The Hong Kong Observatory (香港天文台) issued the ‘very hot weather’ warning of temperatures at 33 degrees and above at 6.45am on Monday. It cancelled the warning at 7pm.
Temperatures in Ta Kwu Ling (打鼓嶺) and Wong Tai Sin (黃大仙) rose to 33C, with a minimum temperature of 27C. The hot weather was due to a subtropical ridge. It has brought fine weather to the coast of Guangdong (廣東) but showers inland.
People are advised to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should also wear loose clothing, suitable hats and sunglasses to reduce the chance of sunburn.
Meanwhile, the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (長者安居協會) said more than 2,000 alarms were raised. Ninety-nine patients were sent to hospitals, mainly for feeling faint and heart attacks.
The Home Affairs Department opened 14 temporary night heat shelters for people in need of refuge from the heat.