Unstable weather forecast until Thursday

07/07/2020 12:03 PM
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Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Seasonal southwesterly winds containing plenty of moisture are expected to bring increasing amounts of rain to Taiwan until Thursday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

The bureau said heavy rains are likely in mountainous areas around Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon, and the rainfall will extend to low-lying areas around the island on Wednesday, particularly in the Greater Taipei area and Hualien and Taitung counties in the east.

Over the next two days, the strength of downpours could reach a heavy rain warning level, which means accumulated rainfall of 80 millimeters or more over a 24-hour period or 40 millimeters within an hour, the CWB said.

When it is not raining, however, scorching weather conditions will continue to prevail in the coming days, with highs of 35-36 degrees Celsius forecast around Taiwan for Tuesday, the CWB said.

The CWB has issued an orange heat warning for Taipei and New Taipei in the north and Taitung in the east, and a yellow alert for Yilan County and Hualien County in the east and Nantou in central Taiwan.

Under the CWB's three-level heat advisory system, an orange alert warns of a one-day high of 38 degrees Celsius or a maximum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days, while a yellow warning points to a one-day high of 36 degrees.

The CWB said the weather around Taiwan is expected to turn stable Friday as the amount of moisture carried by the seasonal winds falls, and the relatively dry, hot weather is likely to continue into Monday.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Frances Huang)

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