It's time for your raincoats and umbrellas, Hong Kong is about to get a lot of rain

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Brace yourselves for rain and thunderstorms!

Hongkongers can expect thunderstorms and moderate winds in the coming week, as a tropical storm heads across the South China Sea.

As of 8am today, the tropical depression was centred around 830km south-southwest of Hong Kong. It is expected to intensify slightly and move north towards Hainan Island. The storm moved at a maximum sustained wind speed of 45km per hour.

The Observatory says that the movement and intensity of the storm remain uncertain, but it will bring squally showers that will affect the south China coastal region. As for the weather locally, the Observatory says that showers and thunderstorms will affect Hong Kong until Friday this week.

The storm comes after one of the longest heat-waves to hit Hong Kong in recent years, with temperatures reaching highs of 33 to 38 degrees Celsius in many parts of Hong Kong for several weeks.