Typhoon threatens as city continues to melt

Top News | Riley Chan 13 Oct 2017

A typhoon is building up east of the Philippines, and the strong wind signal No 3 may be hoisted on Sunday.

The warning came as Hong Kong roasted in temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius yesterday, a record for October.

A tropical depression, yet to be named, was centered about 530 kilometers northeast of Manila and 1,210km east-southeast of Hong Kong at 4pm yesterday.

It is forecast to move west at about 22 kilometers an hour towards Luzon and intensify gradually in the next couple of days.

It will come within Hong Kong's 800km radius as a severe tropical storm tomorrow, and develop into a typhoon packing winds of up to 120km per hour on Sunday. The strong wind signal No 3 could be hoisted when it gets within 450 kilometers of Hong Kong.

The Observatory said the No 3 signal will be issued when the strong winds blow generally in Hong Kong near sea level, with a sustained speed of 41-62 kilometers per hour and gusts of more than 110 kmh.

Meanwhile, the mainland's meteorological services predicted a depression of force 7 on the Beaufort scale will move northwest at a speed of 25 to 30 kmh, intensifying gradually into the 20th typhoon this year.

It will move across northwest Luzon, intensify into a typhoon of force 11 to 12, packing winds of up to 30 to 35 meters per second, and land in the coastal area of Hainan or Vietnam on Sunday night to Monday morning.

The Observatory issued the very hot weather warning at 1.35pm yesterday. Many areas recorded temperatures higher than 30 degree Celsius, with Chek Lap Kok at 35.2 and Happy Valley 35. Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long and Sham Shui Po also had temperatures above 34C.

This broke the record of the last very hot weather warning issued a year ago, after going 17 years without a single warning in October since records began. The last warning was on October 3.

Just a week ago the Observatory declared last month the warmest September since the 1880s, with the maximum temperature exceeding 30 degrees on 28 days.

Looking ahead, the Observatory predicted the weather will deteriorate, with heavy rain and squalls in the next couple of days.

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