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Sunny skies expected for Wednesday

2018/02/14 11:07:47

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Most of Taiwan is expected to see sunny skies on Wednesday, with temperatures higher than a day earlier, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Temperatures will reach highs of between 23 and 24 degrees in northern Taiwan and between 24 and 26 degrees in central and southern Taiwan on Wednesday, up from 18-19 degrees on Tuesday, the CWB forecast.

Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan should see highs of 22-25 degrees during the day, but the skies there are likely to be cloudier than in other parts of Taiwan, the CWB said.

CWB forecaster Lin Po-tung (林柏東) said southerly winds will replace the cool air of recent days with warmer air during the day, but temperatures will plummet Wednesday night, with the gap between day and night expected to hit 10 degrees.

Temperatures Wednesday night and early Thursday morning are expected to fall to 12-13 degrees in northern Taiwan, 12-14 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, and 15-16 degrees in the east, the CWB forecast.

Early Wednesday, temperatures were as low as 10 degrees in central Taiwan and 9.7 degrees in Tamsui in New Taipei, the CWB said.

Lin warned of fog in western Taiwan and on the outlying Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu islands and said motorists or people taking ferries should be aware of the possibility of poor visibility.

The Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI), meanwhile, flashed red at monitoring stations in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County, signaling unhealthy air for the general public.

It flashed orange, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, at monitoring stations in northern and central Taiwan, and Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan in the south as well as the outlying Matsu and Kinmen islands.

The EPA data showed air quality in Yilan, Hualien, and Taitung counties in the east and the outlying Penghu County in the Taiwan Strait was good to fair. For more information, please log onto (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

(By Yang Shu-min and Frances Huang)
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