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Hong Kong weather

Better weather ‘on the way’ as Hong Kong’s rainy streak drags on

More rain already recorded in June so far than the 30-year average for the whole month

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 1:39pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 1:39pm

Hong Kong’s miserable wet weather streak extended into its tenth day as periodic bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed the city on Wednesday, but hotter weather would arrive by the end of the working week, city forecasters said.

At midday on Wednesday, the Observatory said: “Showers and thunderstorms associated with a trough of low pressure are affecting the vicinity of the Pearl River Estuary.

“Locally, more than 10mm of rainfall were generally recorded over the territory in the past couple of hours, and rainfall even exceeded 30mm over the eastern part of Hong Kong Island and the eastern part of the New Territories.”

By lunchtime, Sai Kung had got about 100mm of rain since midnight, with parts of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island receiving about 70mm after long spells of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Observatory said.

Through Wednesday afternoon and the evening, showers and isolated thunderstorms would persist, according to the forecast, with some bright spells in the afternoon.

But the rain would start to ease off later in the week as the weather would turn “mainly fine in the next couple of days”. Friday and Saturday would be “very hot”, according to the Observatory.

Since the start of June, 525mm of rain has already fallen across the city, higher than the 30-year average for the whole month, which is 456mm.