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High temperatures on tap for Wednesday; 36 degrees possible

2019/04/24 10:52:34

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Daytime temperatures are expected to move higher Wednesday as warm, southwesterly winds move in, with the mercury forecast to rise as high as 36 degrees Celsius in some parts of northern and southern Taiwan.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said cloudy to sunny skies are forecast around Taiwan Wednesday, bringing hotter and dry weather during the day, with only sporadic showers likely in mountainous areas in northern and northeastern parts of the country.

The bureau has issued a "yellow alert" for Taipei and New Taipei in the north, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south, and Taitung in southeastern Taiwan, meaning that temperatures will rise above 36 degrees for a single day.

The hot weather is expected to continue into Thursday before a northeasterly wind system arrives on Friday, bringing rain and pushing down temperatures to some extent, the CWB said.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded in Taiwan was 35.4 degrees at the CWB's monitoring station in Taipei.

The hot weather boosted peak electricity consumption Tuesday to 33.18 million kilowatts Tuesday, setting a historical high for April for a second consecutive day.

The CWB warned that many parts of Taiwan could also be exposed to high levels of ultraviolet radiation around noon Wednesday and urged people who will be outdoors to take precautions.

Foggy conditions can be expected on Kinmen and Matsu islands Wednesday night, the CWB said, warning of low visibility.

Meanwhile, the air quality monitoring system of the Environmental Protection Administration showed air quality in most parts of Taiwan on Wednesday was good to fair.

(By Li Hsi-chang and Frances Huang)
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