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Cloudy to sunny skies forecast around Taiwan on Tuesday

2019/03/19 10:45:51

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Taiwan will see partially sunny skies Tuesday after a weather front that affected the island Monday moved away, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said stable weather conditions are expected around Taiwan and only sporadic showers are likely in the east and in mountainous areas Tuesday.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise 1-2 degrees Celsius from a day earlier, with highs forecast to hit 26 degrees in northern Taiwan, 28-29 degrees in central Taiwan and 30 degrees in the south, the CWB said.

The day-night temperature gap is expected to remain wide, however, in particular in central and southern Taiwan, with temperatures likely to dip to 17-18 degrees in northern and central parts of the country and to 19 degrees in the south at night, the CWB said.

The generally stable weather is expected to continue into Thursday, and temperatures are likely to rise, according to the bureau.

Meanwhile, the air quality in parts of northern Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties in the east, and the Matsu and Penghu islands was good to fair on Tuesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

In central Taiwan, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert," indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, because of a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the EPA said.

The AQI in Kinmen was also flashing an orange alert due to the effect of pollutants coming from southeastern China, the EPA's monitoring network showed.

Even worse, the air in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung was unhealthy for the general public as the AQI was flashing a "red alert," the EPA's monitoring network showed.

(By Chen Chun-shou and Frances Huang)