Last month, Macao experienced its hottest October day on record: 35.2°C, according to Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) figures cited by the Macau Post Daily.
That extreme temperature arrived on 4 October. The month saw two other days achieve the SMG’s official “very hot” status – which comes with a “yellow hot weather alert.”
Macao started recording temperatures in 1952, the year the SMG was established.
October’s maximum daily temperature is normally expected to stay below 28°C. July is the SAR’s hottest month, reckoned to have an average daily high of 32°C – three degrees less than what 4 October reached this year.
The city also experienced an especially wet October, with a cumulative rainfall of 295.4 millimetres. That’s reportedly about four times Macao’s 30-year average for the month.
Almost 80 percent of the precipitation fell on a single day – 9 October – the third wettest October day in 71 years.
The SMG has attributed last month’s unusually hot and rainy weather to Super Typhoon Koinu’s influence.