Yesterday's downpour pushed the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory to issue the first red alert of the year for rain at 5 p.m. The parts of the city most heavily affected included Guangming, Longhua, Songgang, Buji, Shiyan, Bantian, Fuyong, Xixiang, Shajing, Nanwan and Pinghu.
By 7 p.m. the alert was lowered to a yellow alert.
The city reported torrential rain from northwest to southeast with rainfall of between 50 and 120 millimeters. The rainfall mainly concentrated in Bao’an District, Guangming New Area, northern Nanshan District and western Longgang District.
A maximum rainfall of 146.3 millimeters was recorded in Shiyan in Bao’an and the maximum hourly rainfall reached 87.9 millimeters, the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory said yesterday. The city also recorded a total of 819 lightning strikes during the rainfall.
Residents are advised to take precautions against heavy rain and floods.
There will be occasional showers today and possible thundershowers between tomorrow and Friday. Rainfall will intensify over the weekend and torrential rain is forecast for some areas of the city, where the 11th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair will be held between Thursday and Monday.
Shenzhen International Airport issued an orange alert for flight delays at 6 p.m. yesterday as more than 60 flights were canceled because of the torrential rain and strong wind.
A rare cyclone appeared at 3:45 p.m. yesterday, according to the official microblog of the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory. It didn’t pose a threat to the airport or flights because it quickly dissipated.
By 6 p.m. yesterday, more than 50 flights had been delayed for at least one hour, the airport authority said.