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Temperatures to push higher in Taiwan on Tuesday

2019/02/19 10:54:24

Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Temperatures around Taiwan are expected to move higher by 2-3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday amid generally stable weather, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said daytime highs in northern Taiwan and Yilan and Hualien counties in the east could hit 27 degrees Tuesday, up from 24 degrees a day earlier, and could range between 30 and 32 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, up about two degrees from Monday.

Sporadic showers are possible in northern and eastern Taiwan during the day but less so at night, the bureau said.

With the likelihood of rain diminishing later in the day, people in Taiwan, especially in areas other than northern Taiwan, could see a clear full moon Tuesday on Lantern Festival day -- the 15th day of the first month on the lunar calendar -- the CWB said.

The CWB warned, however, that the day-night temperature gap will remain wide, with the mercury falling to 18 degrees in northern Taiwan, 20 degrees in central Taiwan and 23 degrees in the south at night.

The lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan early Tuesday morning was 14.9 degrees, recorded at the CWB's Xinwu monitoring station in Taoyuan.

The CWB also warned of possible foggy conditions in western Taiwan and on Kinmen and Matsu islands at night, undermining visibility.

Meanwhile, the air quality in many parts of the country, such as northern Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien and the outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands, was expected to be good to fair on Tuesday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

But due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants later in the day, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is expected to flash an "orange alert" through most of central and southern Taiwan in the evening, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

(By Chang Ya-ching and Frances Huang)