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Mercury dips to 4.7 C, lowest in Feb since 1999

The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) recorded 4.7 degrees Celsius at 7 a.m. Thursday at its Big Taipa Hill monitoring station, the lowest so far this winter.

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The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) recorded 4.7 degrees Celsius at 7 a.m. Thursday at its Big Taipa Hill monitoring station, the lowest so far this winter.

The bureau said that the 4.7 degrees was the lowest temperature recorded in February since the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) on December 20, 1999.

According to a database on the bureau’s website, the weather station previously recorded 4.8 degrees on February 12, 2014 as the lowest temperature in February since 2000, the first full year of the founding of the MSAR.

The observatory also said that the very cold weather was forecast to continue until the middle of next week, with the lowest temperature forecast to be still below 10 degrees Celsius during the period.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) said in a statement yesterday that 38 residents have stayed at its winter shelter in Ilha Verde since it opened again last Saturday – comprising 30 men and eight women – until 10 a.m. yesterday.

According to the bureau’s website, its winter shelter in Ilha Verde opens when the mercury hits 12 degrees.

According to The Macau Post Daily, this winter the shelter has opened its doors for three periods due to the cold weather, the first in early December, the second early last month, and the third since January 27.

The statement said that the shelter in Rua do Asilo will remain open until the mercury rises again.

The shelter provides bedding, hot food and hot drinks. The bureau urged the elderly and the chronically ill to be aware of the recent weather changes and keep warm during the cold weather.

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