About the report
27 November 2019
In the second of our series of reports looking at how vulnerable cities around the world are responding to climate change, urbanisation and globalisation as part of our Resilience campaign, we focus on the causes of extreme heat in Hong Kong and the measures being taken to combat it.
Hong Kong is renowned for its high population density, with 7.5 million people living there.
Hong Kong often experiences extreme weather events, including enormous hailstones, dense fog and typhoons. More recently and consistent with the general increase in extreme weather events globally, Hong Kong has been prone to severe heat.
The location of Hong Kong means that it already has a sub-tropical climate. However due to climate change and an increase in population density, it means that hotter summers are on the rise.