Hong Kong Observatory issues cold weather warning, further dip in temperatures expected overnight

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The Hong Kong Observatory warned of a further dip in temperatures as it issued a cold weather warning on Saturday evening, with the government urging residents to keep warm amid the chill.

The forecaster issued a cold weather warning at 7.30pm on Saturday, with the minimum temperature in urban areas forecast to hover around 12 degrees Celsius overnight. The mercury will be a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories.

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Residents can expect cloudy, cold weather with one or two rain patches on Saturday night and Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, there will be sunny intervals with a maximum temperature of around 17 degrees.

The government urged residents to ensure the elderly kept warm amid the cold spell.

A Centre of Health Protection spokesman warned that the chilly weather could easily trigger or worsen diseases among the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. He said they wear warm clothing, eat sufficient food and stay in warm indoor areas.

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The Social Welfare Department called on residents to check in on elderly family members.

“Relatives, friends and neighbours are encouraged to show concern and care for the health of frail, elderly persons, particularly those living alone,” a spokesman said.

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