Hong Kong basked in its warmest day this year as temperatures soared past 30 degrees Celsius in parts of Kowloon and the New Territories on Sunday afternoon.
The Observatory cited the influence of a southerly airstream over the coast of Guangdong, which was bringing hotter than usual weather to the region.
In Yuen Long, maximum temperatures shot up as high as 31.4 degrees and the thermometer also went past 30 in Lau Fau Shan, Sheung Shui, Shek Kong and Tsuen Wan around mid-afternoon.
Average maximum temperatures in April rarely go above 25 degrees. But according to historical records, the hottest April day took place on the 27th in 1957, when the mercury went up to a scorching 33.4 degrees.
The Observatory said in March there was a 70 per cent chance this year would be one of the city’s top 10 warmest on record.
While Hongkongers were spared rain over the Easter weekend, wet and stormy weather will move in during the latter part of this week and over the weekend as a trough of low pressure over the south China coast brings showers and thunderstorms to the region. Temperatures will drop back into the range of the low to mid-twenties.
A tropical depression passing through the central Philippines is expected to weaken further on Monday but Chong said the storm was quite a distance away and was unlikely to affect Hong Kong’s weather.