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Don’t leave your umbrella at home. Macao is in for a wet weekend 

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms will persist until tomorrow and will be followed by showers in the days that follow
  • The current bout of unstable weather is the result of a southwesterly airstream and heralds a typhoon season that is expected to be more severe than usual

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You might want to rethink your outdoor plans this weekend. The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (also known by its Portuguese initials SMG) says Macao is in for heavy showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow.

The city was drenched this morning, with meteorologists issuing the yellow rainstorm warning at 10:00 am, fifteen minutes after hoisting a thunderstorm warning. Residents were urged to stay indoors and to beware of strong winds. Both signals were lowered in the early afternoon.

The SMG notes that Macao is currently experiencing the impact of a southwesterly airstream, with showers forecast to continue into the following week, although their frequency and intensity will be reduced.  

[See more: Brace yourself for more typhoons than usual this year]

With the onset of Macao’s rainy season, which occurs between April and September, the city and other parts of the Greater Bay Area have experienced a greater occurrence of wet weather over the past several weeks.

Climate change has made the frequency of storm warning signals more prevalent in Macao, with the number more than doubling in the first five months of 2024 when compared to the same period in the previous year. 

Overall, the Pearl River Delta is expected to be hit by five to eight typhoons this year, a higher than normal level, according to one expert who spoke with the South China Morning Post.  Macao’s first typhoon signal of 2024 was issued on 31 May. 

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