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Hong Kong weather

Hong Kong’s golden days to come to abrupt end next week, forecasters say

Thunderstorms expected as rain and lower temperatures approach

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 May, 2018, 7:49pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 12:15pm

Hong Kong will see an occasional drizzle on Thursday with sunshine and warmer temperatures to follow over the weekend, but the weather is set to take a turn for the worse next week with thunderstorms and a few showers. 

This marks a turnaround from Tuesday’s sunny weather, which attracted scores of mainland Chinese tourists to enjoy the sunshine on beaches in Sai Kung and Tuen Mun on the last day of their Labour Day holidays or “mini-Golden Week”. 

Colourful tents lined the beaches, with many Mandarin speakers seen picnicking and swimming.

The Observatory said weather would be mainly fine and hot this week because of a high pressure system over southeastern China. Temperatures were expected to reach a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We will see some changes on Thursday,” scientific officer Christy Leung Yan-yu said. “There will be sunny intervals at first, but an easterly airstream is expected to bring a few showers during the day.”

The rainy weather is not expected to stay for long, as sunshine and warmer weather will return over the weekend.

“With the anticyclone [high pressure] aloft strengthening again over the weekend, the weather will improve over the south China coast,” Leung said.

Maximum temperatures were expected to rise to 29 and 30 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. However, the weather was forecast to take a nasty turn next Tuesday.

“Showers will come and go and we will see thunderstorms,” Leung said.

The Observatory warned that cloudy and rainy weather would continue throughout next week.

Hong Kong is expecting a normal to below-normal amount of rainfall for spring, and normal to above-normal temperatures for the season.

Five to eight tropical cyclones could come within 500km of the city this year, and the season could start in June or earlier.

Meanwhile, the city saw a 20 per cent surge in the number of mainland Chinese tourists visiting the city for the “mini-Golden Week”.

Some 238,158 mainland visitors entered the city on April 30, compared with last year when there were 197,000.

Mainland Chinese tourists accounted for 86 per cent of all incoming tourists, according to figures from the Immigration Department.

Some 230,000 Hong Kong residents left the city on the same day.