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Weather unstable in Taiwan until end of August: forecast

2018/08/21 12:22:40

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taiwan will experience unstable weather until the end of August as a low pressure system continues to influence the island, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast Tuesday.

Tropical disturbances could arise from the low pressure system, which would bring moisture to Taiwan, said CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳), who predicted that "the weather will not be stable before September."

The bureau issued a heavy rain advisory for Kaohsiung and Pingtung County in southern Taiwan early Tuesday, reminding residents of those areas to beware of sudden heavy downpours, thunder and lightning, and strong gusts.

Drier parts of Taiwan will be muggy Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 32-35 degrees Celsius, the weatherman added.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Soulik, the 19th Pacific storm this year, was located over the Pacific 1,120 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and was moving in a west-northwesterly direction.

The storm is expected to hit South Korea by Thursday and will not pose a direct threat to Taiwan, Cheng said, but he warned of rough waves in waters off northern and eastern Taiwan, as well as the island group of Matsu off the coast of southern China.

Tropical Storm Cimaron, the 20th storm in the West Pacific Ocean this year, is currently located northeast of Guam, 2,480 km east-southeast of Taipei, moving in a northwesterly direction toward Japan.

Cimaron is expected to affect Japan starting Thursday but like Soulik will not directly affect Taiwan, Cheng said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)

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