Low pressure system forecast to bring heavy rain to Taiwan
Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) As a low pressure system moves closer to Taiwan, the country is expected to see its weather destabilizing, with heavy rain possible starting from Sunday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The depression system, which is now moving between the South China Sea and east of the Philippines, is expected to bring tropical disturbance effects to Taiwan, and such unstable weather will likely continue into Aug. 4 (Tuesday), the CWB said.
It said the bureau was watching closely whether a tropical depression which was formed Friday morning and was moving toward China's Hainan Island, will develop into a tropical storm.
For Saturday, a high pressure system continued to affect Taiwan, and scorching weather is expected for the island during the day, triggering the CWB heat alerts to be imposed for 10 cities and counties.
An "orange" warning became effective for Taoyuan and New Taipei cities as well as Miaoli County in northern Taiwan and outlying Kinmen County, the CWB said.
The CWB also issued a "yellow" alert for Taipei and Hsinchu cities as well as Hsinchu County in the north, Taichung City and Changhua and Nantou counties 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 for three consecutive days, while a yellow alert means a one-day high of at least 36 degrees.
According to the CWB, in the wake of warm southeasterly winds, temperature highs are expected to hit 36 degrees or higher in northern Taiwan, and 35 degrees in central and southern parts of the country on Saturday.
The CWB said it is possible for some valleys and landlocked regions in northern and central Taiwan to see the mercury hitting as high as 38 degrees during the day.
While cloudy to sunny skies are expected to prevail throughout the day, the CWB said, sporadic showers or even thundershowers are possible in Hualien and Taitung in the east and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south.
In addition, with rising air convection effects, heavy rain is possible in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan, particularly in the afternoon, the CWB said.
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