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New Taipei's Banqiao sees record-breaking autumn heat

2017/09/23 16:36:19

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Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Residents in New Taipei's Banqiao District experienced the hottest day of the year since the beginning of autumn on Saturday, according the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Even though Saturday marks the beginning of Qiufen, which represents the autumnal equinox in East Asian calendars, temperatures throughout Taiwan remained high.

According to the CWB, the heat reached 37 degrees Celsius at 2:17 p.m. in Banqiao, making it the hottest recorded temperature in September in all Taiwan this year and the second hottest recorded temperature for September in Banqiao since the installation of a temperature sensor in the district in 1972.

In Taipei, a high of 36.9 degrees Celsius was recorded at 12:23 p.m., making it the fourth hottest September temperature since records began.

CWB weather forecaster Chu Mei-lin (朱美霖) said that the heat is primarily due the southeasterlies circulating around Taiwan and will remain until Thursday, when a weak front and seasonal northeasterly wind move in.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kuan-lin Liu)