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Taipei registers 2018 new high of 38.2 degrees

2018/05/27 12:44:24

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) The mercury surged to 38.2 degrees Celsius in Taipei at 11:17 a.m. on Sunday, a new high across Taiwan this year, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

It was also a record high for the city in May in 122 years since 1896, when the Taipei monitoring station was established.

Taipei's second highest May temperature was registered in 1991, when the mercury rose to 37.7 degrees.

In western Taiwan, the temperature surged to 36.9 degrees at 11:26 a.m. in Banqiao, New Taipei, while in Keelung it hit 35 degrees at 10:36 a.m., bureau data showed.

The bureau said the high temperatures were mainly caused by a strong high pressure over the Pacific. It urged the public to stay hydrated and take measures to avoid getting heat stroke or sunburned while outdoors.

The bureau forecast that the Pacific high pressure is expected to weaken from Monday and temperatures in northern Taiwan will slightly drop to 34-35 degrees and 35-36 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Flor Wang)