Tropical Storm Ewiniar takes aim at Japan, Hong Kong braces for showers and thunderstorms

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26th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) As Tropical Storm Ewiniar gathers strength off the coast of the Philippines, it marks the beginning of this year’s storm season, with significant implications for regional weather patterns. Initially identified as a tropical depression, Ewiniar has intensified into a tropical storm and is projected to execute a sharp ninety-degree turn, sparing Hong Kong but setting its sights on the waters off Tokyo, Japan.

The storm, named after the Chuukese god of storms from the Federated States of Micronesia, has its current trajectory set to move north-northeast at about 14 kilometres per hour, positioned approximately 120 kilometres east-northeast of Manila as of 8pm Sunday. Over the next few days, Ewiniar is expected to cross the eastern maritime regions of Luzon and subsequently track across the northwestern Pacific, south of Japan.

This development comes as Hong Kong’s weather authority forecasts an unsettled week ahead, with a trough of low pressure expected to influence weather conditions across Guangdong and the northern South China Sea. Residents in Hong Kong are advised to expect mainly cloudy skies with occasional showers, escalating to more frequent showers and squally thunderstorms by Tuesday. Conditions are expected to intensify with stronger easterly winds by mid-week, contributing to the unsettled weather pattern.

Travellers planning trips to Japan are cautioned to stay updated on weather reports as Ewiniar could potentially affect conditions in the region. The Hong Kong Observatory underscores the importance of monitoring the progression of this storm, especially given its potential to upgrade further as it approaches Japanese waters.

For Hong Kong, temperatures will hover between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius with moderate to occasionally fresh south to southwesterly winds. The forecast indicates that the weather will be significantly influenced by the movements of Tropical Storm Ewiniar as it continues its path across the Pacific, underscoring a week of vigilance for local weather authorities and residents alike.