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Scorching heat expected for Monday

2018/05/28 10:48:28

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) The scorching heat is expected to continue on Monday with the mercury forecast to hit as high as 36 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

"A Pacific high pressure system is still impacting Taiwan, making sunny skies and high temperatures possible today," said CWB forecaster Lin Po-tung (林伯東). "But, we do not think the weather will be as hot as yesterday as the strength of the pressure system is weakening."

On Sunday, the temperature surged to 38.2 degrees Celsius in Taipei at 11:17 a.m., the highest in the country this year. It was also the highest ever recorded in the city in May since the establishment of Taipei monitoring station in 1896.

On Monday, with the influence of southwesterly winds, daytime temperatures in western Taiwan are expected to range from 35-36 degrees with highs in the east forecast to reach 34 degrees, Lin said.

Lin advised the public to drink more water to stay hydrated and avoid getting heat stroke when outdoors on Monday. He also warned that many parts of Taiwan could be exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation around midday Monday, urging people outdoors to take precautions.

Despite the stable weather conditions, Lin said, occasional rain is likely in mountainous areas around Taiwan and sporadic showers are also expected in low-laying parts of northern and eastern areas, Lin said.

The hot weather is expected to continue into Wednesday, Lin said, adding that a weather front could approach Taiwan on Thursday and impact the island over the following few days, bringing rain and slightly cooler weather.

"Due to the weather system, the mercury is expected to fall to some extent then," Lin said.

According to the CWB, daytime highs in northern and northeastern Taiwan are expected to range from 30-31 degrees from Friday to Saturday and fall to 28-29 degrees on Sunday.

The CWB said the temperature in central and southern Taiwan is forecast to be 32-34 degrees from Friday to Sunday.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)