Taipei, The mercury rose to 38.5 degrees Celsius in Taipei early Friday afternoon, the highest in Taiwan's capital this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
The new high was recorded at 1:34 p.m., CWB noted.
An "orange alert" was issued for Taipei, while Hsinchu City, New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, Taoyuan City, Hualien County, Yilan County were issued a "yellow alert," according to the CWB.
According to the CWB's color-coded high heat alert system, an orange light means temperatures of more than 38 degrees are expected in a single day or forecast to remain above 36 degrees for three or more consecutive days, and warns people to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.
A yellow light signifies temperatures of more than 36 degrees for a single day and warns people to avoid spending too much time outdoors.
According to CWB data, Friday's temperature surpassed the city's previous highest temperature of the year which was 38.2 degrees, recorded at 11:17 a.m. on May 27.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel