Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall to continue battering southern China

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 August, 2014, 1:14pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 August, 2014, 5:08pm

Heavy rainfall will continue to batter southern China’s coastal provinces on Tuesday, including Guangxi and Guangdong provinces, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Thunderstorms in the last couple of days have already brought record rainfall in southern China this year. Local governments were told by the weather authorities to brace for possible floods and mudslides.

Severe thunderstorms will continue to plague central areas of Guangxi and northwestern Guangdong, while nearby Hunan and Jiangxi will experience moderate rain showers, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

A blue storm alarm remained in force. The alarm, the lowest on a four-level scale, means rainfall will exceed 50mm within 12 hours.

Parts of Hong Kong, just south of Guangdong, saw brief spells of rain on Tuesday morning as a “trough of low pressure edged closer to the mainland”, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

The Observatory forecast thunderstorms and moderate winds in the city for the coming days.

The weather will turn sunny towards the end of the week as an anticyclone, a high-pressure weather phenomenon that usually brings clear skies, will strengthen.

In Fujian province and Zhejiang province in the east, a separate tropical cloud cluster formed over the waters off the coast will bring heavy rainstorms and strong winds, said the China Meteorological Administration.

The cluster will continue strengthening but will move away from the coast in a northeast direction on Wednesday, where it might develop into a typhoon, the forecast says.