More heavy rain, high winds forecast for Hong Kong as thunderstorm moves towards city

Heavy rain was expected to deluge Hong Kong on Monday afternoon as the city’s forecaster issued a thunderstorm warning for the fifth day in a row.

The Observatory said at about 1pm that a thunderstorm west of the Pearl River Estuary was moving east and expected to affect the city with strong winds and heavy showers in one to two hours.

“Intense gusts reaching 70 kilometres per hour (44mph) or above may affect Hong Kong,” the weather service said. “Members of the public should seek safe shelter as soon as possible.”

The thunderstorm warning was issued at 12.30pm and will remain in force until 4.30pm.

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Threatening skies over Tsim Sha Tsui as people don wet weather gear. Photo: Jelly Tse

It warned the public to avoid swimming in open water or taking part in other outdoor watersports.

Heavy showers and squally thunderstorms will continue to affect the coast of Guangdong on Tuesday under the influence of a trough of low pressure.

Temperatures are expected to range from 22 to 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit).

The trough of low pressure was expected to depart slowly on Wednesday, but the unsettled weather is likely to persist because of another trough of low pressure over the coast of southern China in the latter part of the week.

The temperature will range from 24 to 29 degrees for the rest of the week.

Hong Kong told to brace for more wet weather in week ahead

Strong winds and heavy rains on Sunday brought down trees and disrupted transport across Hong Kong, including the tram service to The Peak. A waterspout was also spotted off Clear Water Bay.

The Peak Tram, affected by a fallen tree, was still out of service on Monday.

The operators said that work was under way to restart the service as soon as possible.

The Observatory on Sunday issued an almost four-hour amber rainstorm warning at 10am – after the same alert was issued the night before – warning of “violent” gusts of wind and flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas.

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