Hot weather forecast for Wednesday; mercury to top 36 degrees

Taipei, The scorching heat that has battered Taiwan in recent days is expected to continue Wednesday, with daytime temperatures above 36 degrees Celsius in the forecast, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Lee Meng-hsuan (???) said that as Tropical Storm "Son Tinh" moves away from Taiwan, weather conditions around the island will turn stable Wednesday with no signs of the heavy rains seen in parts of Taiwan a day earlier.

Under the influence of easterly winds, western Taiwan is expected to see sultry weather, leading to daytime highs of more than 36 degrees in Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Chiayi, Lee said.

Other parts of western Taiwan will see daytime highs of 34-35 degrees, while the mercury is forecast to range between 32 and 33 degrees in eastern Taiwan, Lee said.

Despite the stable weather, sporadic thundershowers are likely in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan, especially in the afternoon, and parts of eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula could see occasional showers as well, he said.

The forecaster also warned that many parts of Taiwan will be exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation around the middle of the day Wednesday, and he urged people who need to spend time outdoors to take the necessary precautions.

The weather pattern seen Wednesday is expected to continue into Thursday, according to the forecaster.

A tropical depression located in waters off the Philippines is likely to be upgraded into a tropical storm Wednesday at the earliest to become the 10th storm in the western Pacific Ocean so far this year, he said.

It remains to be seen whether the storm will affect Taiwan, Lee said, but if it does, its effects will be seen over the weekend.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel