has been shocked by the findings.
Of greater concern is that this problem of extremely hot days is getting worse, as shown by weather records over the past two decades. This year the city recorded 68 days between June and August when the temperature climbed over 28.2 C. In 2007, 61 days were recorded above the threshold, up 10 percent over a decade. In 1997, 42 days were recorded, a 62-percent increase in two decades, according to the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO).
“Climate change has driven up ambient temperatures to a level that could debilitate human health, with our children suffering the most. The research just bore it out,” Chan added.
This year the HKO revealed a number of worrisome statistics. In 2017 there were 41 hot nights with temperatures recorded at 28 C or higher. That figure is the highest in history, with only 23 and 12 hot nights tallied in 2007 and 1997, respectively. Worse, on Aug 22, a day before Typhoon Hato struck, the afternoon temperature rocketed to an all-time record of 36.6