Tropical depression forms, could develop into tropical storm
Taipei, July 31 (CNA) A tropic depression formed in the South China Sea on Friday morning and could develop into a tropical storm later in the day or Saturday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The CWB said a tropical disturbance strengthened into a tropical depression at around 8 a.m. Friday, and if upgraded to a tropical storm or typhoon later in the day, that would be the first storm in the Pacific in July.
The tropical depression is currently located about 980km southwest of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan and is moving west-northwest toward China's Hainan Province and Vietnam at a pace of 10 km per hour, the CWB said, adding that the depression will have no direct impact on Taiwan.
In addition, a depression system currently located southeast of the Philippines is likely to develop into a tropical depression later Friday or Saturday and strengthen into a storm Aug. 3-4, bringing rain to Taiwan, the CWB said.
As for Friday, the CWB said, cloudy to sunny skies are expected across most of Taiwan, while an incoming cloud system means sporadic showers or even thunderstorms are possible in eastern and southern Taiwan, in particular in the afternoon.
The CWB said intermittent heavy rain is forecast for the Hengchun Peninsula in southern Taiwan Friday, while large downpours are also possible in mountainous areas around Taiwan.
Meanwhile, daytime temperatures in northern and central Taiwan could hit 36-37 degrees Celsius Friday with temperature highs in the south forecast to reach 33 degrees, the CWB said.
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