2019 as the warmest year on record for Hong Kong - Hong Kong Observatory

2019 as the warmest year on record for Hong Kong - Hong Kong Observatory



13 January 2020

Globally, 2019 is likely to be the second or third warmest year on record according to the World Meteorological Organization's preliminary assessment. Over the Arctic, the daily sea-ice extent minimum in September 2019 was the second lowest in the satellite record and October has seen further record low extents. In 2019, various extreme weather events ravaged different parts of the world, including unrelenting heatwaves in much of western and northern Europe, Middle East, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and southern South America, a significant cold spell in central North America, severe drought in many parts of southeast Asia, the southwest Pacific, eastern Australia and Greater Horn of Africa. Extreme rainfall triggered severe flooding in western and northern India, parts of southern China, Iran, northern Queensland of Australia, west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Jayapura of Indonesia, large part of the central United States and parts of Eastern Canada. High winds, storm surges and torrential rain induced by tropical cyclones brought severe damages and heavy casualties to parts of the United States east coast, eastern Texas, Nova Scotia of Canada, Japan, India, the Philippines, Mozambique, parts of Zimbabwe and the Bahamas. 

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