Home is the best place to be in right now, as we’ve been experiencing squally thunderstorms here in Hong Kong since last couple of days. So, a lot of lightning, rain, puddles, mini water falls in Lantau hills, scared children waking up at night coz of that wind noise; its all been happening here.
I’ve moved to Hong Kong not too long ago, and I am a lover of warm places, the major reason of moving away from London a couple of years back was the weather. But Hong Kong weather has a mind of its own, if I may say so! The dreadfully cold winter that we had here (it was coldest in last 16 years and that too without indoor heating systems- IMAGINE!!) is such an example. And now when the summers are starting, we’ve had quite a few thunderstorms already. You get to see so many broken umbrellas in the bins these days as the winds are just not behaving.
Weather can be quite extreme here, as I’ve visited this city during the summers earlier; the temperature tends to hover around 32-35 degree Celsius on the higher side, but when you add 90% humidity to it, it can feel much warmer. Though you don’t feel it except when you are on the road walking, as the public transport is nicely air conditioned, the MTRs are clean and cold (yes, they feel chilled even in summers), the subways have their air conditioners on, many of the walkways are through the 5 star malls and nicely covered and cool, so people are helped in quite a few ways as majority of the them use the public transport. Summers generally starts in late May and lasts till end of August. And you see a lot of people visiting Hong Kong from the nearby countries- so quite a traveller’s season.
Then comes autumn from September to November, with bright days and lots of nice cool winds I hear and it is the best time to be out and enjoy the place. Will see how that goes for me, haven’t experienced that season here yet!!
Winters range from December till March and they were super chilly and not pleasant at all this year with minimum temperatures touching 4 deg C at some places in New Territories. Yes, it is shocking when you move to a country which is supposed to have sub tropical climate (whatever that means 🙂 ) and you are shivering when you drop your little girl to school.
Because of its sub tropical location, Hong Kong also experiences quite a few Typhoons during the year (generally from June to November), and there are really good warning systems and plans already laid out and made known to the people. The storms are tracked, monitored and rated according to their strength, and they are communicated very well in the newspapers, news channels, websites, MTR stations, Shops etc. So, for example if Level 8 typhoon signal is out, all shops, businesses and even the banks are shut and you hardly see people outside. Hong Kong Observatory’s website is an absolute go to if you live in or are visiting the city.
*The picture above just describes the weather that we were experiencing yesterday with a wind speed of around 70 km/hour and heavy rain.
Now my most favorite season- spring starts here in late march and stretches till end of may, well that’s where we are now and it should be all too flowery and blooming, but instead its quite wet and the weekend seems to be pretty drenched too. But whatever said, it is a wonderful sight of multicolored umbrellas and rainbow colored boots walking on the roads, in the MTR and on the buses these days. And of course it’s a brilliant time for my little girl to jump in all those puddles and make merry 🙂 .