Taipei, The air quality in Taiwan is expected to be poor in many parts of western Taiwan on Wednesday because of a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is likely to flash an orange alert, meaning unhealthy air for sensitive groups, in most of western Taiwan outside of Kaohsiung and Pingtung, but it could flash red, indicating unhealthy air for the general public, in the north, the EPA forecast.
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the AQI flashed an orange warning at 14 stations in western Taiwan, including seven in the north, and at the monitoring stations in the outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands, the EPA's Air Quality Monitoring Network showed.
In the rest of western Taiwan and all of eastern Taiwan, the air quality was rated as either good or fair, according to the monitoring data.
The EPA's AQI takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.
People in areas with poor air quality are advised to avoid outdoor activities if they experience eye irritation, coughing or a sore throat.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel