Mercury hits 38 C again in Taipei, tenth day in a row above 36 C

Taipei-Taipei recorded 38.2 degrees Celsius (100.76 degrees Fahrenheit) at 1:11 p.m. Monday and has now seen a record 10 consecutive days of temperatures above 36 degrees in August, the most since 1897 when modern weather stations first started recording data in Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Nine out of 10 days since Aug. 5 have seen temperatures above 37 degrees, which is unusual in the Taipei Basin in northern Taiwan, with 36.5 degrees recorded on Aug. 10. The highest temperature of the year, 38.5 degrees, was recorded at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 7, according to the bureau.

Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan could see temperatures top 36 degrees on Monday and residents there should take precautions and make sure they drink enough water, said Yen Tseng-hsi (???), a forecaster at the bureau.

The previous record of nine consecutive days above 36 degrees was set from July 8-16, 2012, said Yen.

Former forecaster Wu Der-rong (???), who currently teaches at National Central University, forecast on Sunday that due to a continental tropical air mass moving into the East China Sea, the greater Taipei area could see temperatures as high as 38 degrees from Monday through Wednesday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel