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August is midsummer in Hong Kong. Temperature and humidity remain high, and there are occasional showers, thunderstorms and typhoons. The average low and high temperatures are 25 °C (77 °F) and 34 °C (93 °F).
August is the wettest month with about 445 mm (18 in) of rain falling during an average of 17 days. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to happen in the morning and end in the afternoon and leave hot and humid weather.
August is also one of the hottest months in Hong Kong. Temperatures during the day generally exceed 30 °C (86 °F), and it seldom falls below 25 °C (77 °F) at night.
Due to the high temperature and strong ultraviolet radiation, the risk of sunburn and heatstroke is high. If you travel with us, we will prepare an umbrella for you in case it rains during your tour. We also carry ice water for you to drink to keep you cool and hydrated.
Be aware that many flowers bloom in August in Hong Kong: blood flowers, silk floss tree blooms, Chinese hibiscus, coral hibiscus, etc. If needed, dust masks and allergy medicine are readily available in HK.
May to November is the typhoon season of Hong Kong. There are fewer typhoons in August than in July or September, but one is likely to affect the region.
Each year, about 30 tropical cyclones form in the western Pacific region and in the South China Sea. Half of them have typhoon strength.
The weather in Hong Kong is generally sunny and hot when the tropical cyclones are generated. But when the cyclones approach, the wind will increase and reach velocities of 118 km/h or higher and bring in heavy rain.
On some occasions, the extreme weather can last for days. It is unlikely that the typhoons will cause landslides or flooding.
Strong typhoons may cause flights to or from Hong Kong to be canceled.
Hong Kong is well prepared for typhoons. There is an adequate warning system, and the buildings are designed to withstand strong typhoons, so you don’t need to worry too much about personal safety.
If you are traveling with us, if your travel plan is interrupted, your guide and travel consultant can help you to rearrange your itinerary.
Check more traveling tips for Hong Kong typhoon season.
Summer clothes are suggested: You can enjoy traveling light in August since you only need to prepare some light summer clothes such as T-shirts, skirts, thin dresses or shorts.
Since the ultraviolet radiation is strong, sun protection is required. . Bring sunscreen, a hat or cap, and sunglasses or just buy these when you arrive Hong Kong.
Every July and August, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will host a series of events called Hong Kong Summer Fun. They offer discounts on shopping, dining, accommodation and visiting.
People can also enjoy music and amusement activities or admire cultural exhibitions in the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
During rainy weather during the typhoon season, you can take refuge in the malls. Though discounts and sales are available in August, this is one of the hottest months for shopping in Hong Kong.
During the summer months, the fine white beaches are wide open for your enjoyment. Tung Wan Beach on Ma Wan Island is a great beach for tourists.
It is unique for its combination of beautiful and interesting scenery, nearby attractions, and good restaurants and cafes. The safe, clean swimming beach and the facilities make it especially good for families with children.
Some small islands off the coast have amazing rock formations. These islands are unique and notable and are listed by UNESCO as a Geopark. To see these, contact us to book a boat tour. It is a chance to do some cruising in the sea and see beautiful scenery.
The Seven Sisters Festival is celebrated in the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. The festival is also called Double Seven Festival and is informally regarded as “Chinese Valentine’s Day”.
Read about the origin, story and western calendar date of the Double Seven Festival.
If you visit Hong Kong during the festival, you might as well visit the Lovers’ Rock on Bowen Road in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island and pray for a romantic and happy life.
The Hungry Ghost Festival, also called the Yu Lan Festival, falls on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month (generally in August). Like Halloween, this is a festival related to ghosts in Chinese culture.
In the traditional Chinese belief, the ghosts of ancestors will return during the 7th lunar month, so some people in Hong Kong light up red candles and burn a kind of “faux money” to worship their ancestors, especially in the 15th day of the lunar month. For overseas visitors, this is a wonderful chance to see some living culture of the residents.
In this month, parks, squares and courtyards in Hong Kong will host celebrations. The largest one is the Yu Lan Culture Festival in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. There are also Chinese Opera performances around the city.
August is in the peak travel season.
August is a high travel month because it is in the summer holiday period for Chinese schools. The hot temperatures and typhoons do not keep tourists away. Hotel rooms and flight tickets are more expansive, and you are suggested to book them at least 1 month in advance.
Our Hong Kong tours are custom-designed, flexible, and unique. Just tell us your requirements and interests.