It is Seriously So Wet
Another new weather record for the city: The Hong Kong Observatory says that January 2016 was the wettest month ever since records began in 1884, with 266.9mm of rainfall recorded—the wettest January in 132 years. The previous record was in 1887, in which 214.3mm of rainfall was recorded. The Observatory explained that the heavy rainfall was due to “upper-air disturbance” in the atmosphere, leading to rain and even thunderstorms. It also blamed the global El Nino phenomenon, which commonly causes greater rain in winter time. January also had the honor of having the lowest recorded temperature in 59 years, of 3.1 degrees. Our take: Hong Kong may no longer be British—but it seems like we’re still only talking about the weather.