All typhoon warning signals were cancelled early Thursday morning as severe typhoon Meranti moved and weakened further inland, leaving the city sunny and dry on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The No 1 warning signal was dropped at 4.20am having been in place since 10.10am on Wednesday.
By 8am on Thursday, Meranti was 90km from Xiamen and forecast to move north-northwest over inland Fujian, weakening along the way.
Meanwhile, Hongkongers woke up to fine, sunny weather, raising prospects of unobstructed moon-gazing during the festival.
Hong Kong Observatory scientific officer Yeung Hon-yin said the weather over the southern coast of Guangdong on Thursday would remain fine and dry and continue over the following two to three days.
The weather is so dry that the yellow fire danger warning is in effect, which means the risk of fire is high. The maximum temperature is expected to soar to 32 degrees Celsius.
“Although we expect some showers later [on Thursday], the weather come evening won’t be too bad. Chances are we’ll get to see a little bit more of the moon,” Yeung said.
A relatively dry continental airstream is affecting the Guangdong coast bringing fine weather, but cloud bands from the typhoon continue to cover the east of the province.