Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Photo: HK Observatory

Some weather forecasters expect a tropical storm to form in the coming days in the vicinity of the South China Sea, while the Hong Kong Observatory says it is too early to tell whether it will hit the city.

The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts predicted on Tuesday that a low-pressure area would form in the South China Sea and would get close to Hong Kong and coastal areas of Guangdong province of mainland China next Sunday, Oriental Daily reported.

But the center said the storm’s path would be different from those of Typhoon Hato and Tropical Storm Pakhar, both of which hit Hong Kong last week.

China’s National Meteorological Center forecast that one or two typhoons would form in the South China Sea and northwestern Pacific Ocean, am730 reported.

The Hong Kong Observatory said in a weather bulletin that the area of low pressure was currently near the northern Philippines and might  develop into a tropical cyclone over the central and northern part of the South China Sea later this week.

As it was moving relatively slowly, its direction remained uncertain.

It is very likely, however, that the weather will turn bad during the coming weekend, with showers and thunderstorms expected. The weather will improve next Tuesday.

On August 23, typhoon signal No 10, the strongest in Hong Kong, was hoisted when Hato hit the city hard, and 10 people lost their lives in Macau. Four days later, Tropical Storm Pakhar approached both cities, and signal No 8 was hoisted.

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