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Weather bureau expands heat warning to southern Taiwan

2019/06/19 21:36:34

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued an "orange" high temperature warning for Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County in southern Taiwan on Wednesday, following a similar alert for the eastern county of Taitung earlier in the day.

The CWB's orange warning means temperatures of over 38 degrees Celsius are expected in a single day, or that temperatures of over 36 degrees are likely to prevail for three or more consecutive days.

The alert for the three municipalities will remain in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday, the bureau said, warning that areas close to mountains or river valleys could experience temperatures of 36 degrees around noon Thursday due to the effects of hot, dry and strong downslope winds, known as foehn.

In Taipei, the mercury rose to 36.7 degrees Wednesday, the highest temperature recorded in the city so far this year, the CWB said.

It forecast partly cloudy skies across Taiwan on Thursday, with sporadic showers in mountainous areas in the eastern and western areas.

Meanwhile, with temperatures rising across the country, power consumption increased Wednesday to 35.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh), Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said, citing data valid as of 2 p.m.

Wednesday's power consumption was 950,000 kWh more than in the same period Tuesday and was the highest one-day record so far this year, the state-run company said.

It said the electricity supply was adequate, however, and that the operating reserve margin on Wednesday was 10.11 percent.

The daily power consumption record for the month of June was on June 8 last year, when it reached 36.1 million kWh, according to Taipower.

(By Hu Hsiao-han, Tsai Peng-min and Elizabeth Hsu)