Hong Kong recorded its highest temperature of the year on Thursday with the heat wave expected to continue for several days.
The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) said on its website that the maximum temperature recorded at its site in Tsim Sha Shui was 33.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday afternoon.
A very hot weather warning, which was hoisted on Wednesday morning, remains in force.
Temperatures were higher in the New Territories with the mercury hitting 35.9 degrees Celsius in Sheung Shui.
“An anticyclone aloft is bringing generally fine and very hot weather to the coast of southern China,” the website reads.
The observatory forecasts the weather to be fine and very hot tomorrow, with temperatures ranging from 28 to 33 degrees Celsius in urban areas and a couple degrees higher in the New Territories. It added there would be light to moderate southerly winds.
The forecaster said it would be mainly fine and very hot in the following couple of days, with sunny periods and one or two showers early or to the middle of next week due to a broad area of lower pressure.
The Centre for Health Protection reminded members of the public, particularly those undertaking outdoor activities, to take heed of necessary measures against heat stroke and sunburn in the very hot weather.
“The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities,” a spokesman for the center said.