Expect more rain and thunder in Hong Kong next week, weather forecaster says

Hong Kong Observatory says temperatures expected to stay low in southern China due to monsoon

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 April, 2017, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 April, 2017, 5:59pm

Grey skies loomed over Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon, as the weather forecaster predicts the dreary weather will last until later next week.

Very few parts of the city escaped rain showers, with the Hong Kong Observatory’s rainfall charts showing that in the past 24 hours, as of 1.30pm, up to 30mm of rain had fallen, with an average temperature of 19.4 degrees Celsius.

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The observatory said that it would remain cloudy for the rest of the day, with “one or two showers”.

On Friday, the city’s weather forecaster posted its first rainstorm warning of the year – an amber alert – which lasted for about two hours, with Hongkongers running for shelter and battling heavy rain and thunderstorms.

An amber signal means heavy downpours exceeding 30mm per hour are expected to fall.

On its website, the observatory said: “The northeast monsoon will continue to bring cooler weather over southern China in the next couple of days.”

“A trough of low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region [in the middle of] next week,” it added.

“Another relatively dry northeast monsoon is expected to affect the southeastern coast of China in the latter part of next week. It will become brighter over the region.”