The Victoria Harbour Photo: The Observatory

A tropical cyclone over the South China Sea is moving slowly north, and is expected to come within 800 kilometers of Hong Kong on Monday. This will bring showers and thunderstorms to the city in the coming days.

According to a typhoon bulletin on the Observatory’s website, the tropical cyclone will intensify into a tropical storm with maximum sustained wind speeds near its center of 65km/hour.

The Observatory will consider raising the No 1 standby strong wind signal on Monday based on the route and intensity of the tropical cyclone and its likely impact on Hong Kong, news website HK01.com reported.

Forecasters now predict squally showers and thunderstorms over the next 48 hours. They say that an area of low pressure to the east of the Philippines will develop gradually, affecting the region in coming days.

On Friday evening the Hong Kong Observatory cancelled its “very hot weather warning” after the city had endured 348 hours of blazing heat since May 18. This marked a record for the longest such warning since the warning system began in 2000, Metro Daily reported.

The previous record for a very hot weather warning was 286 hours from July 24 to August 5 in 2007.

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