HK Observatory predicts strong winds may reach speed equivalent to Gale Or Storm Signal No. 8 tomorrow and Saturday (9th)

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7th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) According to Hong Kong Observatory, a strong to gale force northeast monsoon will persist over the coast of Guangdong in the next couple of days. The area of low pressure over the central part of the South China Sea intensifies gradually and it may develop into a tropical cyclone today and tomorrow. It may then move towards Hainan Island and Beibu Wan, maintaining a distance of over 500 kilometres from Hong Kong. Under the combined effect of the northeast monsoon and the low pressure system, it will be windy with heavy rain, squalls and rough seas with swells locally on Friday and over the weekend. If the low pressure system intensifies significantly or edges even closer to Hong Kong, the Observatory will then need to consider the issuance of the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals. As the weather will be unsettled around this weekend, outdoor activities may be affected. Members of the public should take note of changes in weather and the latest weather information from the Observatory.

Besides, the broad area of low pressure currently over the western North Pacific is expected to develop gradually and move towards the vicinity of Luzon early next week. It may then enter and move across the northern part of the South China Sea, edging closer to the coast of southern China. The Observatory will closely monitor its movement.

Observatory also announced at 12.30pm that strong winds are expected from the east. The public should beware of the possible danger brought by rough seas.

Under the combined effect of the northeast monsoon and the low pressure system, the coast of Guangdong will be windy tomorrow (8th) and during the weekend. There will be heavy winds and heavy rains. The Observatory also predicts that strong winds may reach speed equivalent to Gale Or Storm Signal No. 8 tomorrow and Saturday (9th).

Meanwhile the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced this morning that due to the big waves, red flags have been hoisted at 9 beaches, reminding the public not to swim at these beaches.

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