Finally it’s hot and sunny in Hong Kong. The clouds, rain and thunder storms have gone and there are periods of blue sky! I can’t believe that finally it’s summer here. It has been weeks of rain and more rain.
The observatory even commented that May 2013 was much wetter and gloomier than usual. The total bright sunshine duration in the month was 90.7 hours, only about 65 percent of the normal. The total rainfall of May 2013 was 509.3 millimetres, about 67 percent above the normal figure of 304.7 millimetres. And it is not just May that has been wet – to date the accumulated rainfall since 1 January was 898.5 millimetres, about 40 percent above the normal figure of 640.7 millimetres.
Overall, May was a bizarre month:
- May 1, 2013 has been one of the coldest days ever. Temperatures at the observatory fell to a minimum of 16.6 degrees in that morning, the lowest in May since 1917, according to the observatory.
- On May 22, 2013 there was heavy rain all over Hong Kong. Gusts exceeding 90 kilometres per hour were recorded in some parts of the territory. The observatory issued the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal at 4am in the morning, which was the first one since July 2010 – many people stayed at home that day, me included
June looks much better now, don’t you think? That’s the view from my bed room at 7am this morning, isn’t it the start into a beautiful day?