Hong Kong weather

Strong Wind Signal No 3 issued as Typhoon Sarika approaches Hong Kong

Windy weather and squally showers ahead, Observatory says

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 9:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 10:58pm

The Hong Kong Observatory issued Strong Wind Signal No 3 at 1.40pm on Monday as Typhoon Sarika drew nearer to the city.

Classes were earlier suspended for kindergartens and schools for children with disabilities in anticipation of rougher weather brought by the storm.

The Education Bureau added that schools should keep their premises open and implement contingency measures to look after students who turned up, and ensure that conditions were safe before allowing them to return home.

On Monday morning, Sarika was estimated to be about 600km south of Hong Kong. and forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 22km/h across the central part of the South China Sea, intensifying gradually.

“Under the combined effect of the Northeast monsoon and Sarika, it will be windier with squally showers over the South China coast, the Observatory said in an announcement.

“According to the present forecast track, local winds generally will strengthen progressively during the day,” the Observatory added.

“The outer rainbands of Sarika are expected to move close to and affect the coast of Guangdong this afternoon. There will also be swells. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.”

The temperature on Monday is expected to be between 25 to 29 degrees Celsius, with the weather becoming cloudy as the day progresses, with a few squally showers.

Heavy rain and squalls are expected on Tuesday, with the mercury reaching 23 to 26 degrees. On Wednesday, the temperature will reach 24 to 28 degrees, but showers will ease off.

Standby Signal No 1 was issued at 9.20pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile, severe tropical storm Haima was churning in the western Pacific Ocean and intensified into a typhoon on Sunday. The Observatory said Haima will continue to intensify gradually and move toward the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines in the next few days.