Rain likely from Friday in another hot week

Tropical Storm Lionrock could affect the weather in Taiwan later this week, with chances of rain increasing on Friday and Saturday because of greater moisture, the Central Weather Bureau said Tuesday.

Despite some rain in the forecast, temperatures in the next few days are expected to remain high around Taiwan.

The highs could reach 33 to 35 degrees Celsius Tuesday and Wednesday and up to 36 degrees Thursday, the bureau said.

As of 8 a.m., the storm was centered 1,350 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour in a south-southwest direction, the bureau said.

With a radius of 120 kilometers, the storm's maximum sustained winds were estimated at 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph, the bureau's data showed.

As the storm moves along in waters near Okinawa, northeastern winds could bring sporadic rain to Taiwan's northern coast near Keelung and parts of Yilan and Hualien Counties in the east Tuesday, forecasters said.

Lionrock could move to within 1,230 km east of Taipei at 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the rain it generates could be more pronounced starting Friday, the bureau said, adding that the storm's real impact will depend on its proximity to Taiwan.

Bureau data also indicates that the storm might be at its closest to Taiwan on Sunday before it turns northeast on Monday.

Meanwhile, the bureau urged tourists to Japan to stay vigilant as Tropical Storm Mindulle is currently hovering around Hokkaido.

Source: Focus Taiwan