What's the Weather like in Hong Kong in August
Even though July is the hottest month in Hong Kong as far as records and averages go, don't think that it's going to cool down much in August. In fact, much of the weather in August is similar to July. The overall average monthly temperature is 29°C, with average daytime temperatures of 31°C and nighttime temperatures of 26°C.
August is typically the wettest month in Hong Kong, with 17 days of rain and rainfall totals averaging 281mm.
The likelihood of Hong Kong being affected by a typhoon in August is lower than the months surrounding it, but there is still a chance of at least one tropical cyclone affecting the weather in Hong Kong in August. When this happens, expect high winds and extremely heavy rains that could lead to flooding.
The days are starting to get shorter now in August, but are still over twelve and a half hours long. Of that, Hong Kong averages seven hours of sunshine every day with cloud cover. At the beginning of August you can expect an 82% chance of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, with that number decreasing to a 76% chance by the end of the month.
August in Hong Kong is still miserably humid, much like July. Relative humidity stays at an average of 82%, with that number decreasing slightly towards the end of the month but nothing worth noting. It's still very humid, and if this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to avoid Hong Kong in the summer. Almost all buildings blast air conditioning, but you'll have to go outside at some point.
Average winds in Hong Kong in August are 4.3m/s. Most winds are from a southerly direction in the beginning of the month, and become more easterly towards the end of the month. If a cyclone is south of Hong Kong you can expect the winds to be light, but they will rapidly increase if the cyclone moves closer.
You'll want to dress comfortably for the muggy August air. You can explore the city and the outlying islands in shorts and sandals. However, if you enter certain establishments, especially dinner restaurants, you'll be expected to wear long pants or dresses. Lightweight clothing will be more comfortable, and keep in mind that many indoor locations can actually be somewhat cold from the air conditioning. Don't forget to bring a good raincoat and an umbrella. Check the fourteen-day forecast for a more accurate picture of expected weather before your trip.
Hong Kong Hotels in August
One of the highest-rated hotels in Hong Kong is the Four Seasons five-star hotel. This pricey high-rise in the International Financial Centre features 399 air-conditioned guest rooms right in Central Hong Kong. Different room options are available, from standard rooms to spacious suites. Despite the hotel's location amid dozens of outstanding restaurants within the district, you may just want to dine in at the hotel's two award-winning restaurants, Caprice and Lung King Heen. Hong Kong MTR station and the Star Ferry are just minutes from the hotel. During your downtime you can enjoy the Four Seasons' spa and fitness center.
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong
The Crowne Plaza in Kowloon East boasts 359 modern rooms in a gorgeous high-rise. All rooms are air-conditioned and have outstanding views of the city. The Crowne Plaza features a variety of restaurants, the most notable being their rooftop Italian restaurant with panoramic city views. There is also a delicious traditional Cantonese restaurant in the hotel. Shoppers will love the nearby PopCorn Shopping Mall and many other shops nearby. For public transport, the Tseung Kwan O MTR station is below the hotel. The Crowne Plaza also has a refreshing outdoor swimming pool and spa treatment rooms.
The contemporary Cordis Hong Kong features a massive 665 comfortable rooms, all with LED TVs, high-speed internet, and complimentary smartphones. This affordable, five-star hotel is located in the Mong Kok district of Kowloon, right next to the Mong Kok MTR station. There are a number of dining options at Cordis, including a new outdoor food truck-style dining area. You'll also have to try their award-winning Cantonese restaurant, and afterwards head over to one of their lounges for a cocktail. The Cordis also has an impressive rooftop wellness center, complete with a day spa, outdoor pool, gym, and two fitness studios.
Mira Hong Kong
Hong Kong has no shortage of hotels with amazing views, and the 492-room Mira Hong Kong is towards the top of the list. This luxury hotel in the Tsim Sha Tsui district looks out over some amazing scenery, all with modern rooms, a swimming pool, spa, and gym. Mira also features six total bars and restaurants, including the award-winning WHISK and the Cuisine Center. The Mira is very close to Kowloon Park and also a number of shopping areas and entertainment venues.
Bars and Restaurants
Employees Only Hong Kong
One of the hottest new bars in the bustling Lan Kwai Fong square is Employees Only. Don't let the name dissuade you, you don't have to work in Hong Kong to enjoy this trendy bar & restaurant. This is actually a sister bar to the original in New York City, and it's just as good. They serve an excellent menu of American and international cuisine, featuring fresh steaks, seafood, pastas, and desserts. The atmosphere can be described as a laid-back New York speakeasy. The kitchen is open late, but as the night progresses the music gets louder and this transforms into one of the busiest bars in LKF with an amazing drink menu. Hours are from 6PM-4AM Monday thru Saturday and 8PM-4AM on Sunday. Dinner reservations are recommended.
Charlie Brown Café
One of Hong Kong's "must do" restaurant attractions is the Charlie Brown Café. This fun, kid-friendly café in Mong Kok is all about Peanuts. This is reflected in the décor, souvenirs, and the menu. Breakfast is served all day, with the standard American fare such as pancakes and croissant sandwiches. They have a good lunch menu also, featuring a number of different burgers and sandwiches. Not hungry? This is also a popular stop for just a cup of coffee. The Charlie Brown Café is open at 9AM on weekends and 9:30AM weekdays, with closing at 10PM Sunday through Thursday and 10:30PM Friday and Saturday.
Yan Toh Heen
One of the best Chinese restaurants in the world at least according everyone who matters is the Yan Toh Heen in the InterContinental Hotel. This restaurant serves fine Cantonese cuisine and has earned plenty of awards that put it at the top. Their menu is made up of traditional and contemporary fusion Asian dishes, with one of their specialties being dim sum. The menu is also seasonal, rotating to ensure the freshest ingredients. Those with gluten sensitivities, vegans, vegetarians, and children will also find they have plenty of options at the Yan Toh Heen. They open for lunch from noon until 2:30PM Monday thru Saturday and 11:30AM-3PM on Sunday. Dinner hours are from 6PM-11PM daily and reservations are recommended. The InterContinental and Yan Toh Heen are located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district.
Another very popular, modern restaurant in Hong Kong is Komune. Komune is unique in that its menu is comprised of flavorful South American dishes with Asian influences, all made with fresh, organic ingredients. If you're not looking for an actual meal, Komune is known just as well for their specialty hand-crafted cocktails and happy hour menu. Eat inside or enjoy their patio if the summer air isn't too sticky for you. One of the most popular times to go to Komune is for breakfast, but you'll find this menu served all day if you don't make it in time. Komune is near Ocean Park and is open every day from 6:30AM until 11PM.
Things to do in Hong Kong in August
Sai Wan Beach
One of the most scenic beaches in the Sai Kung area, or even all of Hong Kong, is Sai Wan. Unlike the other beaches, this one doesn't have any shops or even lifeguards. It can take a while to get there from Central Hong Kong, but you won't want to leave once you get there. You'll have to get to Sai Kung pier and take the speedboat; otherwise it's an approximate 90-minute walk in the hot, humid air. If you go during the week and not on public holidays you're almost guaranteed to have a nice stretch of beach to yourself. The currents can be strong with a dangerous undertow at this beach, so be extremely careful in the water. Bring a tent and camp overnight if your schedule allows.
A fun side excursion from the city is out to Lamma Island. A thirty-minute ferry ride from Central Hong Kong takes you out to this beautiful island, home to some small, vibrant fishing villages. There are a number of hiking trails on the island and you can walk from one side to the other in just a couple of hours. These walking trails are uncovered and some have a lot of stairs, so be prepared. Stop for refreshments in the villages' shops & restaurants or head over to the small beaches before returning to the city.
Tsz Shan Monastery
The Po Lin Monastery is known for their giant Buddha, but it can feel a bit touristy. If you want a more spiritual experience, check out the Tsz Shan Monastery on the outskirts of Hong Kong. There's a daily quota at the Tsz Shan Monastery so you'll have to book a specific date and time in advance. They also vigorously enforce the reservation times, so make sure you can be there for your appointment. Once inside you'll be enchanted by the lush, manicured gardens, extraordinary architecture, and pristine mountain views. Your experience won't be ruined by throngs of tourists, thanks to the appointment times it's a perfect setting for meditation and personal reflection. You can take the MTR most of the way but must transfer to a bus for the last few miles.
Hong Kong Museum of History
One of the most popular rainy-day activities in Hong Kong is the impressive Hong Kong Museum of History in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. This free museum will take you through Hong Kong's history, from prehistoric times up to present day. The exhibits are neatly arranged in a manner that makes exploring the museum easy and efficient. The exhibits are also noteworthy in that most of them are full-size mockups that you can actually walk through, further enhancing your understanding of the presentation. Weekday hours are from 10AM-6PM and weekends are from 10AM-7PM. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.