Thunder, 90km/h winds, and the first Amber rainstorm of the year expected today, thanks to cold front

Photo (for illustration): Myriam Tsen-Kung/Coconuts Media

Well, rush hour should be fun today.

At 3:30pm, Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued the Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal, meaning that heavy rain exceeding 30 millimetres per hour has fallen or is expected to fall, and is likely to continue.

At 3:50pm, the HKO updated the already-hoisted Thunderstorm Warning to say that gusts of wind reaching 90 kilometers or more could affect the city, on top of the expected squally thunderstorms.

There will be flooding in some low-lying and poorly drained areas, and flash floods may occur. People should stay away from low-lying areas and watercourses. According to forecasts, rain is likely to be heaviest at around 6pm, meaning you should definitely avoid rooftop bars for those after work drinks (no cocktail tastes as good as safety, even if it’s half price).

The storms, which are apparently being caused by a cold front over the northern part of Guangdong, which is gradually moving southwards, will provide some respite from the muggy weather we’ve had recently. Temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are predicted to range from 19 to 24 degrees and 20 to 24 degrees, respectively.


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