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Global warming taking hold: Taiwan sees 5th hottest year in 2018

2019/01/09 16:37:07

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Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Taiwan registered its fifth highest temperature in recorded history in 2018, continuing a run of historically high temperatures that have been seen around the planet over the past four years.

According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Wednesday, Taiwan had an average temperature of 24.22 degrees Celsius in 2018, after hitting all-time highs of 24.4 degrees in 2016 and 2017 and the fourth highest average temperature on record of 24.3 degrees in 2015.

The only other year to crack the top five in Taiwan was 1998, which averaged 24.39 degrees for the year.

The Earth has shown a similar heating trend under the influence of global warming, with the last four years being the four hottest on record for the planet as a whole.

"The world is getting warmer, and we are seeing a similar trend in Taiwan," said CWB official Lee Ming-ying (李明營).

The average global temperature of 14.7 degrees in 2018 was the fourth highest in recorded history and more than 0.4 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 average, according to the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

"Dramatic climatic events like the warm and dry summer in large parts of Europe or the increasing temperature around the Arctic regions are alarming signs to all of us. Only by combining our efforts, can we make a difference and preserve our planet for future generations," said C3S head Jean-Noël Thépaut.

Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明), an adjunct assistant professor with the National Central University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said there were indications the warming pattern in Taiwan will likely be more pronounced in winter rather than summer.

"Temperatures in the summer are likely to stay around the current level, while winter could be increasingly warmer," he said.

According to the CWB, the average temperature in December 2018 hit 20.9 degrees, the third highest level for the month since the bureau started keeping weather data in 1947.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)