Enjoy sun for now, but rain is on the way to Hong Kong for Mid-Autumn Festival
Members of the public are advised to keep rain gear handy from Wednesday as northeast monsoon brings cloudy weather
Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts as rainy weather is expected in Hong Kong in the latter half of the week.
The Hong Kong Observatory said that under the influence of an anticyclone, the weather would be generally fine over the region on Monday and Tuesday. Sunny periods and a few showers are expected, together with moderate easterly winds.
Beachgoers have been advised to stay out of the water at Clear Water Bay First Beach in Sai Kung, Shek O Beach and Big Wave Bay Beach in the Southern District, after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department hoisted red flags at these beaches due to big waves.
Temperatures are expected to range between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius on Monday and 27 and 32 degrees on Tuesday.
But the weather is likely to take a turn for the worse as the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches.
Observatory scientific officer Andy Lai Wang-chun said a northeast monsoon is expected to reach the coastal areas of Guangdong on the day of the festival on Wednesday, bringing cloudy skies with rain in the middle and latter parts of the week.
Lai said that Wednesday would be cloudier, making it harder to view the full moon.
“Members of the public are also advised to bring along rain gear when conducting outdoor activities,” he said, adding that chances of seeing the moon would be higher on Tuesday.
Cloudy weather and patches of rain are expected for the rest of the week until the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will be mainly cloudy with rainy patches, but bright periods are expected during the day.
Some Hongkongers are likely to take advantage of the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival public holidays falling on the same week to take an extended break.