Hong Kong braced for more hot weather as Typhoon Goni churns towards Taiwan
Temperatures in Hong Kong are expected to hit 34 degrees Celsius over the weekend as a super typhoon in the region brings more hot weather in its wake.
Typhoon Goni is on track to narrowly miss Taiwan in the next few days – less than a month after typhoon Soudelor killed at least 34 people on the island – with the influence of its outer subsiding air expected to sustain recent high temperatures in Hong Kong.
Goni is roaring towards Taiwan at a rate of 22 km/h and has been forecast to reach super typhoon intensity by tomorrow morning, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
“Goni is, in fact, currently a severe typhoon but it is expected to further strengthen into a super typhoon [on Friday],” forecaster Y.C. Cheng said
It is one of a pair of large typhoons currently active in the Pacific, a twin to typhoon Atsani, which has been rated a super typhoon by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre and is heading towards Japan.
Both typhoons have reached wind speeds exceeding 230km/h and are creating towering 10-metre high waves.
Cheng said it was expected Goni would start to head north on Friday evening, skirting along the coast of Taiwan but never making landfall.
“It will move across the seas east of Taiwan so we expect high winds and high seas over the region. Maybe the eastern parts of Taiwan will also get some showers and high winds,” he said.
While neither typhoon will come close enough to directly affect Hong Kong, Cheng said the outer subsiding air caused by Goni will send temperatures soaring in the city on Saturday and Sunday.
“We expect very hot weather at [the weekend] – the maximum temperature on Saturday is expected to be 33 degrees, growing even higher on Sunday to 34 degrees,” he said.
Hong Kong recorded average temperature of 32.5 degrees today but the Observatory forecasts the mercury will drop slightly tomorrow and Friday with the arrival of showers, before the affects of Goni are felt over the weekend.
Average temperatures of 36.2 degrees were recorded in the city on August 7 – the highest since records began 130 years ago – as the outer subsiding air brought by Soudelor cranked up the heat as high as 37.8 degrees.