Standby Signal No. 1 to remain in effect until at least 6am tomorrow morning, tropical cyclone looms 800km from HK (Updated: 5.50pm)

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30th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) At 5.40pm, the Hong Kong Observatory issued the Standby Signal, No. 1, indicating the potential impact of a tropical cyclone located approximately 800 kilometres away from the city. Residents are advised to take note of the changing weather conditions and consider this when planning their activities. Authorities also caution that strong winds may be experienced over offshore waters.

According to the latest forecast, the tropical depression is predicted to stay more than 250 kilometres away from Hong Kong tonight and tomorrow morning (31st May). While the associated strong winds are not expected to have a significant impact on the territory at this time, the Standby Signal, No. 1 will remain in effect until at least 6am tomorrow morning.

During the day tomorrow, the tropical depression is anticipated to gradually move closer to the western coast of Guangdong and the vicinity of the Pearl River Estuary, potentially experiencing slight intensification. The Hong Kong Observatory will closely monitor any changes in intensity and local wind conditions to assess whether the issuance of the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 will be necessary.

The coast of Guangdong is currently experiencing an easterly airstream, while a broad area of low pressure in the central to northern part of the South China Sea is causing unsettled weather and gradually intensifying. This weather pattern suggests the formation of a tropical cyclone. Additionally, Severe Tropical Storm Ewiniar, previously located south of Japan, has transformed into an extratropical cyclone.

Tonight and tomorrow, expect cloudy skies with intermittent squally showers. More showers and a few thunderstorms are forecasted for tomorrow, with the potential for heavy downpours later on. Temperatures will range from 26 to 29 degrees Celsius. Moderate to fresh east to southeasterly winds will prevail, occasionally strengthening offshore and on high ground. Swells can also be expected.

Looking ahead, Saturday will bring continued squally showers and thunderstorms, with the possibility of heavy rainfall at times. Offshore areas and high ground may experience occasional strong winds. A few showers are anticipated early next week.