Extreme temperature days in Hong Kong

Yuk Yee YAN*

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Extreme temperature days for the period from 1947 to 1998 in Hong Kong were investigated. Significant decreasing trends of both warm and cold days were discovered. Warm days were more variable than cold days. It is found that extreme days were less persistent in the last decade. In winter, cold days were related to the intensified Siberian anticyclone bringing a cold, polar air mass and Northeast monsoon to south China, while zonal flow would create more frequent warm days. In summer, apart from the influence of tropical cyclones to the east or southeast of Hong Kong, the effect of strong and persistent southerly flow was another prominent factor producing extreme temperature days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-491
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Geography
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Extreme temperature
  • Hong Kong


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