Hong Kong faces torrential rain and strong winds today, unsettled weather patterns to continue over weekend

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18th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Observatory predicted imminent severe weather, including torrential rain and intense wind gusts, expected to hit the region within hours. The Hong Kong Observatory has extended a thunderstorm warning, initially issued at 7.26am this morning until 2pm. today, signalling a period of hazardous weather ahead.

Residents and businesses are bracing for a squally weather system, influenced by a trough of low pressure affecting the coastal areas of Guangdong. This system is ushering in a band of heavy thundery showers, primarily concentrated around the Pearl River Estuary. With gusts that could surpass 70 kilometres per hour, the city is poised for a disruptive weather event.

The forecast for the afternoon and evening remains grim, with predominantly cloudy skies and persistent showers. The intensity of these showers is expected to increase, accompanied by squally thunderstorms, particularly during the early part of the day. Winds are expected to blow from the south to southeast at moderate speeds.

Looking ahead, the weather does not show signs of immediate improvement. Friday is expected to experience a continuation of showers, while the weekend outlook indicates an unsettled pattern with frequent showers and thunderstorms. This unsettled weather is attributed to a trough of low pressure that is gradually moving closer to the southern coast of China.

Source: Hong Kong Observatory