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Hot weather with afternoon thunderstorms forecast to continue this week

2017/08/13 12:02:02

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) The weather will remain stifling hot this week, due to a Pacific high pressure system, with temperatures in northern Taiwan forecast to reach 37 degrees Celsius Sunday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

As the high pressure system moves northward, temperatures throughout Taiwan on Sunday will range between 33 and 35 degrees Celsius, but in the greater Taipei area and Taoyuan the mercury is likely to hit 37 degrees, according to the CWB.

The current weather pattern of high temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms will continue throughout the week, with highs of 37 degrees expected in the greater Taipei area from Monday to Wednesday, the CWB forecast.

Former CWB forecaster Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), who now teaches at National Central University and often issues independent long-term forecasts, predicted daytime highs of 38 degrees in the greater Taipei from Monday to Wednesday due to a continental tropical air mass that is moving into the East China Sea.

As the air mass weakens, however, highs around Taiwan will drop by 1-2 degrees from Thursday, with northern Taiwan seeing temperatures of 35-36 degrees from Friday to next Sunday, according to Wu.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Banyan is about 4,000 kilometers off eastern Taiwan, moving in a north-northeast direction and is not expected to affect Taiwan, according to the CWB.

Throughout Taiwan, including the outlying islands, the air quality is expected to be good to fair from Sunday to Tuesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Air Quality Index.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)