Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate and weather can be pretty unpredictable at times but Hong Kong also has four distinct seasons.
Typhoons are a major part of living in the tropics and the typhoon season run from May to late September. Warnings will be broadcast on television and radio when a typhoon is approaching. The Hong Kong Observatory will issue varying degrees of warning signals to let you know the public know the intensity of the approaching typhoon. When typhoon no. 8 or T8 is hosted, most businesses and shops close, trains will reduce their services, and many bus routes are cancelled.
If a T8 is hosted before you are at school, you should stay home or head home if you are on your way already. If a T8 is hosted when you are at school, you will be told to leave unless it is safer to stay in school.
What to expect all year round
Spring (March to May)
- Rising temperature and humidity, evenings will be cooler
- Sharp increase in rainfall around April
- Cloudiest time of the year
- Average temperature : 17°C – 26°C
Summer (June to August)
- Hot, sunny, humid, with brief showers and occasional thunderstorm
- Temperature usually exceed 31°C but the high humidity means it will feel hotter.
- Average temperature : 26°C – 31°C
Autumn (September to November)
- Often considered as the most pleasant season in Hong Kong
- Temperatures are still high but comfortable with relatively low humidity and rainfall
- Sunniest season, with pleasant breezes
- Average temperature : 19°C – 28°C
Winter (December to February)
- Cool, dry weather with frequent cold days where temperatures can drop below 10°C (which is very cold already by local standards!)
- Becomes cloudier when nearing February
- Average temperature : 12°C – 20°C