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Heavy rain alert issued for 15 cities, counties

2019/05/28 11:00:16

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has issued a heavy rain warning for 15 cities and counties in Taiwan triggered by the arrival of a powerful weather front.

As of Tuesday morning, the heavy rain was affecting mostly northern Taiwan, in the Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli areas, as well as Taichung and Nantou in central Taiwan and Yilan in eastern Taiwan, the CWB said.

With the weather front moving southward, however, rainfall is expected to intensify in southern Taiwan later in the day, which is why the heavy rain alert was extended to the Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas, the bureau said.

A heavy rain warning refers to accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm of rainfall in one hour, according to the CWB.

The weather system, part of the current plum rain season, is expected to intensify northeasterly winds, destabilizing weather conditions around the country and sending temperatures lower, the CWB said.

It also forecast possible thundershowers in western Taiwan.

According to the bureau, daytime temperatures are expected to hit highs of 26 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, down from 32 degrees a day earlier due to the rainfall, while highs in central and southern Taiwan could fall to 31 degrees from 32 degrees a day earlier.

In eastern Taiwan, daytime highs are expected to drop to 28 degrees Tuesday from 30 degrees a day earlier because of thicker cloud cover, the CWB said.

The bureau also issued a thick fog warning for Lienchiang County in the Matsu islands, and said foggy conditions are also likely in the Kinmen islands, causing low visibility that could disrupt transportation schedules.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said the air quality was good in Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in the east, and Penghu on Tuesday.

Fair air quality was seen in some parts of northern and central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south, and the Kinmen and Matsu islands, according to the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI).

(By Yu Hsiao-han, Fang Pei-ching and Frances Huang)