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Specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's
text-only website (in pdf format)
Specification (Version 20.0)
effective on 27 September 2016
obsolete after 26 September 2016
obsolete after 16 December 2014
obsolete after 20 August 2013
obsolete after 19 March 2012
obsolete after 9 December 2010
obsolete after 8 March 2010
   
Notices to Registered Users who
Reproduces / Re-disseminate Information obtained
from the Hong Kong Observatory Website

 

  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 17 December 2014
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Kai Tak Runway Park
    (啟德跑道公園 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 17 December 2014.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Current Weather Report" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_19.pdf

    End.
  • Updated on 21 Aug 2013.

    A dedicated website for applications/programs to retrieve weather data provided by HKO

    A new website (http://data.weather.gov.hk) has been launched since June 2013.

    This website is dedicated to the authorized persons / organizations to let their programs/applications
    retrieving the weather information regularly.

    If your program/application regularly download the data from http://www.weather.gov.hk or http://www.hko.gov.hk,
    please modify your program/application to download the data from http://data.weather.gov.hk instead.

    Please DO NOT direct your programs/applications to download the information from the HKO Main website
    (http://www.hko.gov.hk/http://www.weather.gov.hk) as it would lead to overloading of our servers and
    affect the other users to browse our website.

    Special weather tips available in "Current Weather" report

    The message of special weather tips is now included in the "Current Weather report".
    The following links provide the sample report with special weather tips:

    English: http://data.weather.gov.hk/textonly/sample/engwxsample3.htm
    Chinese: http://data.weather.gov.hk/textonly/sample/chinwxsample3.htm

    END
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 20 March 2012
    Subject : Enhancement of weather cartoon(s)

    For those using the text-only version of HKO website as data source of
    your applications, please be informed that, with effect from 20 March 2012,
    the Hong Kong Observatory will show two weather icons, as necessary, in a
    new “Current Weather Report” web pages of the text-only version:

    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/forecast/englishwx2.htm
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/forecast/chinesewx2.htm

    Two weather icons will be used, as necessary, to depict the weather sequence within the
    forecast period. The first one will be mainly for the current weather condition, whereas the
    second one will describe the weather after the change, e.g. fine weather to rainy weather.
    In the event of no significant weather change within the forecast period, one icon that best
    describes the forecast weather will still be used.

    Sample web pages of new “Current Weather Report” with two weather icons:

    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/sample/chinwxsample2.htm (Chinese version)
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/sample/engwxsample2.htm (English version)

    Sample web pages of new “Current Weather Report” with only one weather icon:

    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/sample/chinwxsample1.htm (Chinese version)
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/sample/engwxsample1.htm (English version)

    The following “Current Weather Report” web pages are obsolete and will be kept updating until further notice.

    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/forecast/englishwx.htm
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/forecast/chinesewx.htm

    User are advised to modify your applications to use the new “Current Weather Report” web page.

    The revised specification for the text-only website can be accessible via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_17.pdf

    If you have any enquiries, please contact our staff (TH Chow) at 2926 8493 during office hours.

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 30 December 2010
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Tsuen Wan Shing Mun Valley
    (荃 灣 城 門 谷 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 10 December 2010.

    At the same time the automatic weather station, namely Tsuen Wan (荃 灣 in Chinese) was
    renamed to "Tsuen Wan Ho Koon (荃 灣 可 觀 in Chinese)"

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Current Weather Report" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_16.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 9 March 2010
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Sham Shui Po
    (深水 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 9 March 2010.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Current Weather Report" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_15.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 11 November 2009
    Subject :Adding the intensity category in the UV index forecast bulletin

    Please be informed that the intensity of UV radiation will be added in the
    UV index forecast bulletin.

    The sample of the newbulletin is as follows:

    The maximum UV index for 4 May (Monday) will be about 9. The intensity of UV
    radiation will be very high.

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_14.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 21 October 2009
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Kwun Tong
    (觀塘 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 21 October 2009.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Current Weather Report" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_13.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 23 March 2009
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Wong Tai Sin
    (黃大仙 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 27 March 2009.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Current Weather Report" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_11.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 26 November 2008
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Happy Valley
    (跑馬地 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 1 December 2008.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Current Weather Report" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_10.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 4 July 2008
    Subject : Adding UV precaution message in "Current Weather Report"

    Please be informed that with effect from 8 July 2008, an UV precaution message will be included
    in the bulletin "Current Weather Report" when UV Index 11 or above is recorded, intensity of
    UV radiation is extreme. Please refer to the revised specification (section 2.1) for the format
    of the message.

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following link:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_9.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 11 April 2008
    Subject : Launching of automatic weather station

    Please be informed that an automatic weather station, namely Kowloon City
    (九龍城 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 11 April 2008.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above station is included in the
    bulletins "Regional Temperature" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following links:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_8.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 24 August 2007
    Subject : Launching of two automatic weather stations

    Please be informed that two automatic weather stations, namely Hong Kong Park and Shau Kei Wan
    (香港公園 and 筲箕灣 in Chinese), start to provide air temperature on 4 September 2007 and
    17 September 2007 respectively.

    In this connection, information on the air temperature for the above stations are included in the
    bulletins "Regional Temperature" and "Yesterday's Weather and Radiation Level Report".

    The revised specification for the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website can be accessible
    via the following links:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_7.pdf

    End.
  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 9 Jan 2007
    Subject : Integrated Set of Weather Icons for "Current Weather Report" and "7-day Weather Forecast"

    Please be informed that an integrated set of new weather icons will be launched at
    11:30 a.m., 6 February 2007 to replace the existing ones (for "Current Weather Report"
    and "7-day Weather Forecast"). The new set of icons and the revised specification for
    the Hong Kong Observatory's text-only website will be effective at 11:30 a.m.,
    6 February 2007 and they can be accessible via the following links:

    Weather icons (English)
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/explain/wxicon_e.htm (English)
    Weather icons (Chinese)
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/textonly/explain/wxicon_c.htm (Chinese)
    Specification Version 6.0
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/appweb/txtspc_6.pdf

    Apart from new weather icons, the new specification also updates the followings:
    a. including UV Index Forecast under "Weather Forecast";
    b. renaming "Information on Warnings" to "Warnings: Definitions and Meanings"; and
    c. including air temperature at Tsuen Wan under "Regional Temperatures";

End.

  • To registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website:
    Date : 2 Aug 2005
    Subject : Change from “濕度” to “相對濕度”

    With effect from 2:30 p.m., 16 August 2005, the Observatory
    will use the phrase“相對濕度”in lieu of “濕度” in its weather
    bulletins. Please note that the change will also affect the
    Chinese version of the following webpages:
    * Current Weather Report
    * 7-day Weather Forecast
    However, the English version of the webpage shall not be affected.

     

End.

  • To: Registered Users of the Hong Kong Observatory's Website
    Date : 29 April 2005
    Subject : Use of UTC in Marine Forecast and Shipping Warning

    In current practice, the Greenwich Mean Time ("GMT") which lags
    behind the Hong Kong standard time by 8 hours, is used in Marine
    Forecast and Shipping Warning.

    Please be informed that with effect from 16 May 2005, all times
    currently expressed in GMT shall be changed to Coordinated Universal
    Time ("UTC"). Theoretically, UTC is a refinement of GMT. However,
    for general operational purpose, their difference should be negligible.
    Hence, you may take UTC and GMT to be the same. Notwithstanding this,
    your attention is drawn on the change from "GMT" to "UTC" in the webpages.
    Should you be interested, more information about GMT and UTC may be found
    in the following web pages:
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/gts/time/basicterms-UTandGMT.htm
    http://www.weather.gov.hk/gts/time/basicterms-UTC.htm

    Thank you for your attention.

     

End.

  • To: Registered users of the Hong Kong Observatory's website
    Date : 15 July 2004
    Subject : Enhancement of the Observatory's website to provide more
    information on tropical cyclones

    Please be informed that the Hong Kong Observatory's website will be
    enhanced to provide the following information with effect from 1 August
    2004:

    1. Chinese version of Tropical Cyclone Warning for Shipping
    2. Current position and intensity of tropical cyclones (to be updated
    hourly on the "Tropical Cyclone Position" webpage whenever the Tropical
    Cyclone Warning Signal No.3 or above is in force)

    Thank you for your attention.

End.

  • To: Registered users of the Observatory's web service
    Date : 16 June 2004
    Subject : Enhancement of Weather Service with additional tropical cyclone
    information

    Please be informed that the Hong Kong Observatory will make available
    the current and forecast intensity of tropical cyclones in the vicinity
    of Hong Kong in terms of the maximum sustained wind near the centre
    of tropical cyclone starting from 1 July 2004. Please refer to the
    updated Specification (section 2.1 and 4.2) for the format of the
    information displayed on the text-only website.

    Thank you for your attention.

    End.

  • To: Registered users of the Observatory's web service
    Date: 15 December 2003
    Subject: Enhancement of Weather Service with Extended Weather
    Forecast

    Please be informed that the Hong Kong Observatory will extend
    the current 5-day weather forecast to 7-day forecast with effect
    from Tuesday, 30 December 2003, 11:30 a.m. For the format of
    presentation of the 7-day weather forecast in the text-only
    website, please refer to the updated Specification.

    Thank you for your attention.

    End.

   
Last revision date: <27 Sep 2016>