The Hong Kong Observatory has apologised for jumping the gun today when it issued a No 1 signal for the first typhoon of the year.
A “typographical error” meant the standby signal appeared on people’s mobile phones nearly two hours earlier than intended at 9.25am, instead of the planned 11.20am.
It was eventually resent at the right time and, with the storm still some 580 kilometres from the city and moving towards Hainan Island, the Observatory said the chance of them issuing another signal today “was not high”.
“Owing to typographical error, the message was disseminated earlier than the valid time. We apologise for any possible inconvenience caused,” the weather authority said in a statement.
The Observatory predicted the storm would maintain at least 500km distance from Hong Kong for most of yesterday.
After sweltering under a heatwave stretching more than two weeks, Hongkongers can expect a rainy and windy week ahead. The typhoon’s outer rain bands will bring squally rain showers for the next few days. The sun is currently expected to reappear around Monday. Next Tuesday might be dry, but then Hong Kong will experience more rain.
Temperatures will rise to 29 degrees Celsius today. They will reach around 30 by Friday and be up to 31C by the weekend.