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Warmer weather forecast around Taiwan on Wednesday

2019/04/17 10:52:51

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Higher temperatures with cloudy to sunny skies are forecast around Taiwan for Wednesday as warmer easterly winds move in, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said daytime temperatures are expected to hit 26-27 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, up from 20-21 degrees Tuesday, 29 degrees in central Taiwan from 22-23 degrees a day earlier, and 31 degrees in the south from 27 degrees Tuesday.

The warmer weather conditions also resulted from lower humidity in the air, indicating a lower chance of precipitation, the CWB said.

Sporadic showers are likely only in eastern Taiwan, and occasional rain could be seen in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan, the bureau said.

The higher daytime temperatures will leave a fairly wide day-night temperature gap, with the mercury expected to fall to 20-21 degrees at night around the island, according to the CWB.

This stable weather is expected to continue into Thursday, when daytime temperatures are forecast to rise as high as 30 degrees in northern Taiwan and 30-32 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the CWB said.

Foggy conditions are possible in western Taiwan and in the offshore Kinmen and Matsu counties Thursday, and the CWB warned of low visibility.

Taiwan's weather is likely to turn unstable on Friday as a weather front is expected to bring rain at around noon. Daytime temperatures are expected to range between 28 and 32 degrees around Taiwan, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, the air quality in some parts of northern and central Taiwan and Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan was good to fair on Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in some parts of southern Taiwan, however, including Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels of pollutants for sensitive groups, the EPA said.

Due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the air quality in Kinmen was unhealthy for the general public, with the AQI flashing a "red alert," the EPA's monitoring system showed.

(By Lee Hsi-chang and Frances Huang)