Hong Kong Observatory this morning issues the T1 Standby signal as Severe Tropical Storm Linfa neared the territory.

As of 3pm, Linfa was estimated to be about 460 kilometres east of Hong Kong and moving towards the eastern coast of Guangdong.

“According to the present forecast track Linfa will remain at a distance of around 400 kilometres or more to the east of Hong Kong today and northerly winds will prevail across the territory. Due to sheltering by terrain, local winds will not strengthen significantly today.”

Forecasters said yesterday they were unsure of the path Linfa would take. Today they estimated that the storm would make landfall near Shantou in China, before turning west and heading in the rough direction of Hong Kong.

Today’s weather is expected to be sunny with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Temperature will be 27 to 32 degrees Celsius. Squally showers are forecast for the next couple of days, with the wind up to force 5.

The Observatory says chances of issuing the Strong Wind Signal No.3 today is not high.

Taiwan was today bracing itself for a potential battering in the coming days, as Typhoon Chan-Hom loomed. The Observatory predicted Chan-Hom would intensify into a super typhoon before making landfall in the coming days.

The Observatory last week revealed that Hong Kong had seen its hottest June since records began in 1874.

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Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.