Downpours have drenched Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong Observatory forecasting heavier rainfall in the city on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo: Almond Li/HKFP.

Many regions recorded more than 20 millimetres of rain, with more than 70 millimetres falling in Sai Kung district. A thunderstorm warning has been in place since Tuesday night.

Classes at kindergartens and primary and secondary schools were suspended in nearby Macau, and in Zhuhai, Guangzhou and Foshan in mainland China’s Guangdong province, with Macau issuing a red rainstorm warning signal at 11:40 a.m., lasting for about an hour.

The acting assistant director of Hong Kong Observatory Cheng Yuen-chung said on a radio programme on Wednesday that Hong Kong has a slightly different forecast than its neighbours because the active low-pressure trough affected the regions differently, and at different times.
Amount of rainfall in Hong Kong from 1 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

The observatory’s former deputy chief Leung Wing-mo called on people to refrain from comparing Hong Kong’s response to other cities, adding that Hong Kong had better infrastructure and so the downpours may not have as big of an impact as in other cities.

Bad weather is forecast to continue throughout the week, with showers and squally thunderstorms expected over the weekend. Hong Kong Observatory reminded residents to check the forecast and take an umbrella with them.

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