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Extremely heavy rain alert issued for central, southern Taiwan

2019/06/12 10:40:47

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) An extremely heavy rain warning has been issued for central and southern Taiwan as a weather front is moving southwards, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

An extremely heavy rain alert has now become effective in Taichung and Nantou in central Taiwan, and Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south, the CWB said.

In addition, a heavy rain warning has been in place for Changhua County in central Taiwan, and the Yunlin and Tainan areas in the south, the CWB said.

Extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours and heavy rain refers to accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm over 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour, according to the CWB warning system.

The CWB said the rainfall is expected to intensify in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan.

Due to the precipitation, daytime temperatures are expected to stay relatively comfortable at 27-28 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 28-29 degrees in central Taiwan and 30-31 degrees in the south Wednesday, little changed from a day earlier, the CWB said.

The CWB said the unstable weather pattern with heavy rain is expected to continue in the next day or two before the weather system moves to the Bashi Channel on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said the rainfall is expected to wash away atmospheric pollutants in most areas of Taiwan on Wednesday.

The EPA said the air quality was good in northern and central Taiwan, the Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas in the south, and Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties in the east.

Good air quality is also expected for the outlying Penghu and Kinmen islands, and fair air quality was seen in the Matsu islands, according to the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI).

(By Huang Shih-ya and Frances Huang)
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