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Stable weather forecast until approach of Typhoon Mangkhut

2018/09/12 10:55:49

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Stable weather conditions are forecast to continue around Taiwan until Typhoon Mangkhut brings rain to the country on Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳) said Mangkhut, which was upgraded to a super typhoon on Tuesday, is expected to continue moving toward Taiwan over the next few days destabilizing the weather.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the storm was located 1,865 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of around 21 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction.

Cheng said Typhoon Mangkhut, the 22nd storm to form in the Western Pacific Ocean this year, has been moving so fast he did not rule out the possibility the CWB could issue a sea warning on Friday afternoon.

Starting Friday night and continuing on Saturday, occasional showers are possible in eastern Taiwan, as Mangkhut gets closer, while the southeastern part of the country and the Hengchun Peninsula could see heavier rain, Cheng said.

However, before the storm arrives, the weather around Taiwan is expected to remain sunny until Saturday, he added.

On Wednesday, daytime temperatures are likely to range from 34-35 Celsius in western Taiwan and 32-33 degrees in the east, he said, adding that possible foehn winds -- which are dry, strong and hot downslope winds -- could push the mercury higher in some western areas.

Due to the high temperatures people are advised to remain hydrated to avoid heat stroke, Cheng said.

In addition, many parts of Taiwan will also be exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation around midday Wednesday and people should take precautions if they have to go outdoors, he added.

Meanwhile, as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Tropical Storm Barijat, the 23rd storm this year, was located 590 kilometers west-southwest of the Hengchun Peninsula but is not expected to affect Taiwan.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)
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