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CWB issues heavy rain advisories for 14 localities

06/04/2023 07:49 PM
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Pedestrians cover their head with bags and run in the rain in Taipei Sunday. CNA photo June 4, 2023
Pedestrians cover their head with bags and run in the rain in Taipei Sunday. CNA photo June 4, 2023

Taipei, June 4 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Sunday issued heavy rain advisories for 14 localities distributed around most of the island except for eastern Taiwan.

The advisories were issued for Keelung City, Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County and Yilan County.

The CWB said the 14 localities are vulnerable to sudden showers due to the development of convective cloud systems.

Beyond the rain, the areas given heavy rain advisories could also face thunder, lightning, strong winds that could reach Force 9 on the Beaufort Wind Scale, and a sudden rise of river and lake water levels.

The advisories are in effect until Sunday night.

(This story was updated at 10 a.m. Monday to show revised weather alerts. Please visit the Central Weather Bureau's website for the latest advisories).

Graphic: Central Weather Bureau
Graphic: Central Weather Bureau
Kaohsiung City counselors pose for a group photo in the southern city on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Li Mei-jhen’s office June 3, 2023
Kaohsiung City counselors pose for a group photo in the southern city on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Li Mei-jhen’s office June 3, 2023


Meanwhile, a high heat alert has been issued by the CWB for the southern part of Taiwan and Hualien County on Monday.

The CWB said ravines and mountainous areas in Kaohsiung could hit an "orange" alert Monday, while Tainan City, Pingtung County and Hualien could see the alert level hit "yellow."

Under the CWB's three-level heat advisory system, a yellow warning refers to a one-day high of 36 degrees, and an orange warning refers to daily highs that could reach 36 degrees for three consecutive days.

CWB forecaster Liao Ching-hsiang (廖經翔) said that while there will be less atmospheric moisture on Monday and Tuesday than Sunday, the likelihood of convective rain will remain relatively high.

Seasonal winds could then bring sporadic rain to Taiwan from Wednesday to Sunday, Liao said.

The forecaster said two new weather systems will form in the region between Wednesday and Friday, but they will not immediately affect Taiwan's weather because they will take shape far away from the island.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and James Lo)

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