Tropical Cyclone Meranti is expected to edge closer to the coast of southern China in the middle of this week, the Observatory said at noon on Monday.

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The expected path of Typhoon Meranti. Photo: HKO.

Meranti is expected to come within 400km of Hong Kong on Thursday, the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The cyclone is expected to weaken from a Super Typhoon to a Severe Typhoon on the same day, when it is closest to Hong Kong. Maximum wind speeds of up to 175 kilometres per hour is expected.

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Tropical Cyclone Meranti classification and wind speed. Photo: HKO.

It will bring “windy weather and squally showers to the region during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the day after,” said the Observatory.

The Observatory also warned that “the change in weather may affect outdoor activities during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the day after.”

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