All rainstorm warnings cancelled, 90mm of rainfall recorded over HK island and TKO, schools suspended


13th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Observatory issued an amber rainstorm warning at 3.55am today (13th), before changing to a red rainstorm warning at 4.25am, and then issued an amber rainstorm warning at 7.05am. The amber rainstorm warning was cancelled at 7.40am . The Education Bureau announced that classes of all AM schools and whole-day schools are suspended today.. However, the HKEAA announced that the HKDSE and international and professional examinations scheduled will be held this morning will be held as usual despite the bad weather even though Education Bureau has announced the suspension of classes.

Schools should implement contingency plan and arrange staff to look after students who might arrive and ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.

An active trough of low pressure is bringing showers and thunderstorms to the coast of Guangdong and the northern part of the South China Sea. Locally, more than 50 millimetres of rainfall were recorded over many places this morning, and rainfall even exceeded 90 millimetres over Hong Kong Island and Tseung Kwan O. The weather will still be cloudy to overcast with occasional heavy showers and squally thunderstorms. The maximum temperature will be about 27 degrees during the day.

Showers will ease off gradually and temperatures will fall to around 19 degrees on Monday.

The Labour Department (LD) today (May 13) reminded employers to make practical and reasonable work arrangements for staff after rainstorms. Employers should also make flexible arrangements for staff to resume work or work from home (if applicable) after a rainstorm warning is cancelled, with due consideration to road and traffic conditions and other factors. This will help maintain good labour-management relations, and ensure the safety of employees and the smooth operation of organisations.