The Hong Kong Observatory raised a T1 standby signal at 10:30am on Monday, as tropical cyclone Barijat nears the southeast of Hong Kong.

At 11am, the storm was estimated to be about 460 kilometres from Hong Kong and is forecast to move west at about 12 kilometres per hour in the general direction of western Guangdong.

“The circulation of Barijat is relatively small. According to the present forecast track, its associated squalls and showers will maintain a distance from Hong Kong, and local winds will not strengthen significantly today,” the Observatory said.

It said the chance of issuing a T3 Strong Wind Signal on Tuesday is not high.

Hong Kong residents have been advised to check their windows and doors, stay away from the shoreline in case of swells, and ensure that temporary outdoor structures are securely fastened as a precautionary measure.

Those who have duties during a tropical cyclone are told to remain on call.

Photo: Hong Kong Observatory.

Sunny periods with some haze are expected on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 32 degrees Celsius. Occasional showers are forecast throughout the week, with very hot weather expected on Saturday.

Jennifer Creery

Jennifer Creery is a Hong Kong-born British journalist, interested in minority rights and urban planning. She holds a BA in English at King's College London and has studied Mandarin at National Taiwan University.