Typhoon Chanchu threatens stormy week ahead

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am

A stormy week is expected from today as Typhoon Chanchu heads north towards Hong Kong after sweeping across the Philippines.

It will be cloudy with a few showers today, with the Hong Kong Observatory predicting scattered squally showers tomorrow and heavy rain with squalls on Wednesday and Thursday.

'As Typhoon Chanchu is moving away from the Philippines, it is crossing the central part of the South China Sea,' said Choy Boon-leung, scientific officer of the Observatory.

'The storm is moving in a northwest direction and it will turn northwards early this week.

'Once it heads north, there is a bigger chance for it to move closer to Hong Kong.

'The weather will get stronger and bad weather is expected to last from Tuesday to Thursday as the typhoon gets closer to the coastal areas in the South China Sea.

'The weather will not improve until the end of the week.'

Temperatures will range between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius, but are expected to climb to 29 degrees by Friday and the weekend, as the weather improves.