Taipei, Taipei experienced a high of 34.1 degrees Celsius at 1:48 p.m. Sunday, the highest temperature recorded this year in the city, according to data compiled by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
As of 2 p.m., almost all weather stations in western Taiwan recorded their highest temperatures of the day, with Yungkang in Tainan hitting a high of 33.8 degrees at 12:43 p.m., according to the CWB data.
The hot temperatures were caused by wind from the south, coupled with sunny weather, while the high in Taipei was caused by the fact that the capital lies in a basin, the CWB said, adding that similar high temperatures could be expected the following day.
The bureau said the weather will be partly cloudy with sunny spells, with the chance of sporadic showers in eastern Taiwan, while western Taiwan can expect temperatures above 30 degrees.
Meanwhile, there is a chance of occasional showers in mountainous areas around Taiwan and on plains in areas north of central Taiwan over the coming two days, according to the CWB.
On Tuesday, the weather will become unstable due to an approaching weather front and strengthening northeasterly winds, with a chance of rain all over the country, while highs in northern Taiwan are expected to fall to around 28 degrees, the CWB forecast.
Under the influence of the front and the strengthening northeasterly winds, lows in the north could dive to 18 degrees Wednesday, while highs will hover around 22-23 degrees, with occasional showers in areas north of central Taiwan and in eastern Taiwan.
The weather will remain cool and cloudy Thursday before yielding to sunny skies as weakening northeasterly winds send the mercury up on Friday and Saturday, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel