Hong Kong weather

Hong Kong set for heat and rain over Dragon Boat festival

Observatory forecasts ‘heavy showers and thunderstorms’ over next few days

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 May, 2017, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 May, 2017, 3:49pm

Hongkongers are set to celebrate the annual Dragon Boat festival in heat and rain on Tuesday, the city’s weather forecaster said.

The steamy weather could be bad news for paddlers competing in the centuries-old races across the city, in Tai O, Aberdeen, Stanley and Sha Tin.

“Showers now affecting the northern part of the South China Sea will edge closer to the coast of Guangdong in the next couple of days,” the Hong Kong Observatory said in a statement.

“A trough of low pressure is expected to bring unsettled weather to southern China in the latter part of this week. There will be heavy showers and thunderstorms over the region.”

One or two showers are expected to dampen Victoria Harbour on Tuesday, with the maximum temperature hitting 30 degrees Celsius, it added.

Last year, Dragon Boat rowers also battled it out in heavy rain and strong winds.