The hottest day in the last 130 years was reported in Hong Kong on Saturday, August 8, 2015 when the temperatures rose up to 37.8 ºC (100 ºF) under the influence of Typhoon "Soudelor".
The daily maximum temperature hit 36.3 ºC (97.3 ºF) in the Hong Kong Observatory while temperatures in some parts of the city soared even higher.
"Under the influence of the outer subsiding air of Typhoon "Soudelor", the weather of Hong Kong was very hot in the afternoon," said the Hong Kong Observatory, as it's premises measured temperatures slightly above the 36.1 ºC (97.0 ºF) records of August 18, and August 19, 1900.
During this heat outburst, the regions of Sheung Shui, Sham Shui Po, Wong Tai Sin and Happy Valley were affected the worst, as the temperatures rose above 37 ºC (98.6 ºF).
Saturday, August 8, was also the warmest recorded Beginning of Autumn in the Chinese lunar calendar. The average measured temperature in the city was 36.2 ºC (97.2 ºF), which beat the previous first day of autumn record of 34 ºC (93.2 ºF), measured on August 8, 1953.
Temperatures in Hong Kong near all-time record highs w/ offshore wind/subsidence on west side of Soudelor. pic.twitter.com/WYSckVbXPy— Anthony Sagliani (@anthonywx) August 8, 2015
Environmental Protection Department recorded unusually high levels of air pollution on Saturday, as the quality health index at several stations fell into the "very high" health risk category. According to the officials of the Department, this was due to strong sunshine which enhanced photochemical smog activities and ozone formation.
The pollutants were additionally dispersed by the light wind. The levels of air pollution will likely remain heightened until the showers forecasted for the next week.
Three people were hospitalized due to a heat stroke possibility, and a total number of 1 543 elderly residents called for medical assistance due to heat related difficulties, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association reported. Residents have been warned to take precaution measures to minimize heat related health problems.
67 flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan were delayed and 37 canceled on August 8, due to weather conditions associated with Soudelor.
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