Temperatures in Hong Kong will continue to climb this week as twin typhoons Goni and Atsani push across the north-western Pacific Ocean.

Forecast course of Typhoon Goni. Photo: ATCF.

Goni is set to become a super typhoon by the time it makes landfall in Taiwan on Sunday, August 23. On the same day, the mercury is expected to hit 34 degrees Celsius in Hong Kong. The eye of Goni is expected to pass directly over Taiwan, impacting eastern China as well as the Japan’s Ryuku Islands.

Typhoons Goni and Atsani. Photo: Himawari-8 satellite.

Several hundred kilometers to the east of Goni, Atsani has been developing more gradually but is also is predicted to become a super typhoon early on Thursday. It is set to peak with 259-kph sustained winds and 315-kph gusts from Thursday evening into Friday.

Forecast course of Typhoon Atsani. Photo: ATCF.

As Atsani continues tracking west, the typhoon remains on course to pass Iwo Jima later this week before tracking north-west, potentially posing a threat to mainland Japan.

Photo: HKO.

Although both typhoons will bypass Hong Kong, more Very Hot Weather Warnings are expected in the comings days under the influence of the typhoons’ outside subsiding air.

Ryan Ho Kilpatrick

Ryan Ho Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and scholar from Hong Kong who has reported on the city’s politics, protests, and policing for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Guardian, The Independent, and others