Rainstorm causes school closures and flooding

A rainstorm hit Macau yesterday, prompting the suspension of classes for secondary, primary, infant, and special education schools in the afternoon. Residents and visitors were advised to prepare for the rainstorm by wearing waterproof gear and delaying outdoor activities until the weather improved.

The heavy rain and thunderstorms were due to an eastward airflow, leading to a yellow rainstorm warning at 8:25 a.m., upgraded to red from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. During this time, Macau saw significant rainfall, with flooding in low-lying areas.

Rainfall peaked at 65mm on the Macau Peninsula, a new record for the city. Taipa recorded 39.2mm, and 41.8mm in Coloane. The highest water level reached 26cm in Mercado De S. Lourenço.

All rainstorm warnings were lifted just before 1p.m., but the public was urged to stay informed and take precautions. More rain was seen in the afternoon, with nearly 100mm of rainfall recorded by 3 p.m.

The weather bureau noted that a wide cloud band is currently affecting the South China coast, with thunderstorms impacting the Guangdong coast.  It is forecast that a low-pressure trough will influence the region later in the week, leading to increased cloud cover and rain, with several thunderstorms expected. Nadia Shaw

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