Weather forecast likely to involve rain, strong winds for Hong Kong’s first August weekend

  • Hong Kong Observatory expected to raise strong wind signal No. 3 as tropical cyclone forms over South China Sea
  • A monsoon depression was gradually strengthening, according to the weather forecast agency

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If you think the weather has been bad today, just wait: the Hong Kong Observatory is

planning to raise a strong wind signal No. 3 on Friday night, replacing a monsoon signal in a rare move as a tropical cyclone is forming over the South China Sea.

The weather forecast agency said the monsoon depression over the central and northern parts of the sea was strengthening gradually and a tropical cyclone appeared to be forming.

It warned residents to stay away from the shoreline and not engage in water sports.

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“It will be windy with squally heavy showers and thunderstorms over the coast of southern China. Seas will be rough with swells,” it said.

Normally the Observatory starts with a standby signal No. 1 when a typhoon is approaching.

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