Heat alert issued for 10 Taiwan cities, counties Sunday

Due to the effects of a Pacific high-pressure system, cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for areas around Taiwan on Sunday, with a heat alert in effect for 10 cities and counties as daytime temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Highs of 33-35 degrees are expected nationwide, while Greater Taipei, areas south of Yunlin, and eastern Taiwan could see highs top 36 degrees, according to the CWB.

An “orange” heat alert has been issued for New Taipei, Chiayi City, Taitung County, Tainan, Kaohsiung, areas near mountains or valleys in Yilan County, and the Hualien section of the East Rift Valley in eastern Taiwan, meaning those regions could see highs reach 36 degrees for at least three consecutive days.

Meanwhile, a “yellow” heat alert, indicating a one-day high of 36 degrees, has been issued for Taipei, Yunlin County, as well as areas near mountains or valleys in Pingtung County, the CWB said.

The weather bureau added that the heat alert in the 10 cities and counties will remain in effect into late Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, there is a chance of scattered rainfall in windward southeastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south, according to the CWB.

Central and southern Taiwan, as well as mountainous areas of the island could see occasional thundershowers throughout the day, the bureau said.

Also, Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said temperatures may reach 38 degrees on Sunday and the heat is expected to last through Wednesday.

Wu also said that a tropical disturbance, which is expected to pass through the Leizhou Peninsula of southern China on Wednesday, could possibly develop into a tropical depression between Monday and Wednesday.



Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel