Bad weather could hit Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong

Society Materials 3 August 2008 13:50 (UTC +04:00)

Bad weather could affect the first few days of the Olympic equestrian events which start on August 9, government weather experts said Sunday, dpa reported.

Wai Hon-gor, Hong Kong Observatory assistant director, said the current weather is unstable and could produce a typhoon.

Speaking as the territory basked in its hottest day of the year at 34 degrees Celsius, Wai said a team of meteorologists was deployed to provide weather information at the equestrian venues.

Observatory forecasters will issue detailed three-day weather forecasts for the competition venues at Sha Tin and Beas River four times a day, he said.

John Breen, head of the venue operations and communications centre at the equestrian competition, said spare days have been included in the schedule in case events have to be delayed or postponed.

"There is the possibility of bad weather affecting Hong Kong. Ultimately everyone knows what can happen in Hong Kong," he said, referring to the current monsoon season that lasts until September.