Can you guess what this is? It looks like a piece of artwork and could easily hang or stand in one of the galleries in Sheung Wan (for instance at the Cat Street Gallery, where I recently saw a great exhibition).
I’ll give you a tip, it’s something to do with very hot weather and it makes kids (as well as adults) very happy. I had posted about it some time ago, but I was just looking through my pictures again and found those two, which look a little like artwork…
Talking about the weather – it has been rather crazy lately.
Lots of rain during the second half of July (it was was wetter than usual in Hong Kong) and also many thunderstorms. The Hong Kong Observatory reported 14 days with thunderstorms, the highest since 1995. The wet and cloudy weather also made July 2013 gloomier and cooler than usual. The total duration of bright sunshine was only 156.9 hours, about 26 percent below the normal figure of 212 hours – but this is looking to change with some very hot days in early August.
On days that are very hot, the Hong Kong observatory also issues hot weather warnings to alert members of the public to the risk of heatstroke and sunburn.
The warning suggests:
- When engaged in outdoor work or activities, drink plenty of water and avoid over exertion. If not feeling well, take a rest in the shade or cooler place as soon as possible.
- People staying indoors without air-conditioning should keep windows open as far as possible to ensure that there is adequate ventilation.
- Avoid prolonged exposure under sunlight. Loose clothing, suitable hats and UV-absorbing sunglasses can reduce the chance of sunburn by solar ultraviolet radiation.
- Swimmers and those taking part in outdoor activities should use a sunscreen lotion of SPF 15 or above, and should re-apply it frequently.
- Beware of health and wellbeing of elderly or persons with chronic medical conditions. If you know of them, call or visit them occasionally to check if they need any assistance.
These are all very valuable tips – especially on a day like today. The hot weather warning was enforced at 6.45am already and it’s 28 degrees and sunny. The temperature will rise to 33 degrees later today. Let’s have some ice cream!