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Hong Kong Records Hottest April in at Least 140 Years

Hong Kong Hottest April

Hong Kong experienced its hottest April on record, with an average temperature of 26.4 degrees Celsius (79.5 degrees Fahrenheit), the city’s weather observatory announced Wednesday. This record-breaking temperature is the highest since meteorological records began in 1884, reflecting a concerning trend of increasing heat.

Here are some details according to the report of ABS-CBN News.

“Summer is Not Yet Here”

“Summer is not yet here, but April was already record-breakingly hot,” the observatory said on social media. The subtropical city has faced escalating heat over the past few years, with numerous high-temperature records set since 2019.

On April 27, Hong Kong set new daily temperature records for April, with the highest daily average temperature at 28.8 degrees Celsius and the highest daily low at 27.7 degrees Celsius. These figures starkly contrast with the historical average daily temperature for April, which ranged between 21.1 and 25.6 degrees Celsius between 1991 and 2020.

The record-breaking April followed an “exceptionally warm” winter from December to February and a “much warmer than usual” March. The observatory expects this trend to continue, forecasting “above normal” temperatures for 2024.

New Labour Department Guidelines for Heat Stress

As Hong Kong grapples with this extreme heat, the city’s labour department has updated its three-tier warning system for heat stress at work. The new system, linked to the observatory’s hot weather alerts, has doubled the minimum duration for a heat advisory from 30 minutes to one hour. Depending on temperature levels and work types, the system mandates rest periods or suspension of work.

However, critics argue that the heat stress warning system has an overly high threshold for issuing warnings and doesn’t hold employers legally liable for non-compliance. Notably, Hong Kong’s laws don’t consider heatstroke a work-related injury, despite reports of workers dying from the illness during sweltering summer months.

Globally, scientists warn that extreme heat will become more frequent and intense due to human-induced climate change. Hong Kong’s record-breaking April underscores this warning, highlighting the need for effective policies and measures to protect workers and mitigate climate risks.

Read Also: Heatstroke Claims 30 Lives in Thailand Amid Soaring Temperatures

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