Warming up for better weather

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 May, 1993, 12:00am

MORE than 40 millimetres of rain fell on the territory yesterday - a big improvement from Saturday.

And the situation is expected to get better with warmer temperatures later in the week, although more thunderstorms and heavy rain will continue today and tomorrow.

The hardest hit areas were Sha Tin, Yuen Long and the eastern and southern parts of Hongkong island.

The weather is expected to remain cloudy with occasional rain for the rest of the week, with temperatures ranging from 21 to 24 degrees Celsius.

A total of 23 minor flooding reports were received, more than half of them in the New Territories and the rest in Kowloon and on Hongkong Island. No reports of landslip, injury or evacuations were made.

Rainstorm and thunder warnings were hoisted at 11 am yesterday until late in the evening and a flood warning was hoisted for five hours until 5.05 pm. About 150 mm of rainfall was recorded on Saturday, most of which fell during the early hours.

Meanwhile, torrential rain dampened a fun fair at the British Military Hospital yesterday, when organisers had to cut short the garrison display billed as the largest of its kind this year.

The downpour sent performers and visitors scurrying for shelter under games and souvenir stands soon after the Deputy Commander of British Forces, Brigadier Christopher Hammerbeck, opened the event at 11 am.

Commemorative umbrellas, hats and T-shirts of different army units on sale were quickly snapped up by visitors caught in the rain.

Pipers from the 1st Battalion Black Watch of Royal Highland Regiment got the event off to a rousing start with traditional Scottish music and dance.