The Observatory issued the standby signal no.1 at 11:20am on Tuesday, as a tropical cyclone passed over the northern part of the South China Sea. Its outer rain bands are expected to bring gusty showers over the coming days.

“Unless the tropical depression takes a track closer to Hong Kong or intensif[ies] significantly, the chance to issue higher signals today will not be high,” the Observatory said.

The Observatory previously issued the no.1 signal at 9.35am and reissued it at 11.20am: “The Observatory will take into account the variation of local wind strength in deciding whether or not the Strong Wind Signals, No.3 will be issued tomorrow.”

At 2pm, the tropical depression was estimated to be about 550 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong and is predicted to move north at around 12 kilometres per hour towards the area of Hainan Island.

Forecast. Photo: HKO.

Squally showers and thunderstorms are predicted over the coming days, with wet weather expected to continue through the weekend and into next week.

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