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Mercury forecast to soar past 30 degrees Monday in western Taiwan

12/11/2023 11:49 AM
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A traditional market in New Taipei's Luzhou District is seen packed with shoppers in this undated photo. CNA file photo
A traditional market in New Taipei's Luzhou District is seen packed with shoppers in this undated photo. CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) The weather across Taiwan is expected to be warm and partly sunny on Monday, with daytime highs of over 30 degrees Celsius in western parts of the country, the Central Weather Administration (CWA) has forecast.

According to the CWA, the mercury will hover around 29-31 degrees during the day in western regions and will soar 1-2 degrees higher in mountainous areas. In eastern parts of the country, daytime highs of 26-28 degrees are expected, the CWA website shows.

At night, cooler temperatures of 19-22 degrees will prevail across Taiwan, with some chances of rain due to increased atmospheric moisture, the CWA said.

Heavy rains are likely Monday in the southeastern regions of the country and on the Hengchun Peninsula in the south, while some intermittent shows are forecast for the northeast and eastern areas, according to the CWA.

The agency has also warned of poor visibility in western Taiwan and on the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu on Monday due to fog and low cloud cover.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment (MOENV) said the air quality index was flashing an "orange" warning Monday for most of western Taiwan, from Hsinchu to Miaoli counties and all the way to southern Taiwan and Kinmen County, signaling unhealthy levels for sensitive groups.

Graphic: MOENV
Graphic: MOENV

Those conditions in the western half of the country are being caused by air pollutants, which are not easily dispersed on the leeward side of the island, the MOENV said, forecasting an increase in the ozone density in the afternoon.

In Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in the east, the air quality was expected to be good, while it would be fair in the Matsu and Penghu islands on Monday, the MOENV said.

(By Huan Shih-ya and Evelyn Kao)

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