March 07, 2007
Temperatures plunged to just over 10 degrees Celsius in Hong Kong Wednesday, just days after the city announced it had basked in its WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. The former British colony shivered through its coldest day of the year with temperatures falling to 10.6 degrees, nine degrees lower than the average temperature for February. Migratory birds that normally winter further south in warmer countries have been spotted in large numbers in the territory this winter. The average February temperature of 19.5 degrees was the HIGHEST EVER RECORDED, and there were 32 hours more sunshine than usual with 129.6 clocked for the month. It was also the DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. In mid-February, Hong Kong had its HOTTEST LUNAR NEW YEAR with temperatures on the first day of the Year of the Pig climbing above 25 degrees.
ITALY should prepare for a drought after an UNUSUALLY warm and dry winter, according to the Prime Minister. There is not enough water in Italy's major reservoirs. Rainfall in the September-February period had been abnormally low but officials stopped short of calling the situation a crisis. Precipitation levels were an average 20-40 percent below normal in the period. Italy's northeastern and central regions were hit hardest with precipitation levels 50-60 percent below normal.