The Tropical Cyclone Signal No. 1 is now in force, but the Hong Kong Observatory says that it is unlikely for winds to strengthen significantly, and chances of issuing the No. 3 warning signal are not high.

The warning signal was hoisted at 8:40am this morning. The Hong Kong Observatory said that the circulation of the tropical depression is relatively compact and small, and will remain at a distance of around 400km or above from Hong Kong.

Photo: HKO.

“Local winds are not expected to strengthen significantly today in general and the chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is not high today,” it said.

It also said that the typhoon is expected to strengthen gradually and there will occasionally be strong offshore winds tonight and tomorrow.

The weather forecast. Photo: HKO.

The weather forecast for this afternoon and tonight is sunny with a few showers and thunderstorms. It is expected to be hot with moderate to fresh east to southeasterly winds. There will be occasional squally showers tomorrow and it is likely to become fine and very hot later this week.

The temperature at noon at the Hong Kong Observatory was 31 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is 76 per cent. The Thunderstorm warning signal is in force.

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