Taipei temperature soars to 37.8 degrees, 2014 record high

09/16/2014 06:46 PM
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Photo courtesy of Central Weather Bureau
Photo courtesy of Central Weather Bureau

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The mercury in Taipei soared to 37.8 degrees Celsius at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, a record high for this year, as Taiwan electricity reserves fell to a low level for the year in the early afternoon.

The percentage of power reserves fell to 4.56 percent of peak load at 1:42 p.m., when the country's power usage hit 34.32 million kilowatts, the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) told CNA.

Taipower estimated earlier in the day that the percentage of operating reserves could fall to as low as 3.31 percent of the peak load.

Also in northern Taiwan, Keelung City and Banqiao District in New Taipei both saw highs of 36.8 degrees at around noon, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Elsewhere in Taiwan, Yilan County, Taichung, Kaohsiung and the outlying counties of Penghu and Kinmen saw highs of more than 34 degrees.

Kaohsiung saw 37.6 degrees, a record high since the southern city started keeping weather data 82 years ago.

The high temperatures resulted from the periphery of Typhoon Kalmaegi bringing warm and dry easterly winds from the Pacific.

Kalmaegi was heading westward toward northern Vietnam and China's Guangxi as of Tuesday afternoon.

(By Wang Shu-fen, Milly Lin, Chang Chun-mao and Kuo Chung-han)ENDITEM/J

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