Taiwan in grip of Indian summer: CWB

The weather around Taiwan was hot and sunny Sunday in a lingering Indian summer, with temperatures rising above 30 degrees in some parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Temperatures hit 32.5 degrees Celsius at 2:03 p.m. in Taipei, the sixth highest in any November since Taipei meteorological station was established on August 10, 1896.

With northeasterly winds weakening, daytime temperatures in Taiwan started to climb gradually to between 29 and 31 degrees Sunday, with the mercury particularly high in Taipei due to the urban heat island effect in Taipei Basin, according to the bureau.

In other areas, daytime highs reached 32 degrees in Banqiao, New Taipei and 31.2 degrees in Chiayi, while Keelung, Taichung and Hsinchu all experienced daytime highs of over 30 degrees and the highs in other areas of western Taiwan all rose to nearly 30 degrees.

However, daytime lows could fall to 19-22 degrees around the country on Sunday, according to the bureau.

Indian summer — whose Chinese equivalent is “autumn tiger” –is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that usually occurs in autumn following a period of cool weather.

The bureau forecast that the warm weather will continue on Monday and daily highs in southern Taiwan could reach 32 degrees.

Meanwhile, Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, forecast that northeasterly winds will strengthen again from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday, bringing cooler weather to the country before giving way to another Indian summer on Friday and Saturday which will raise the daytime temperatures to between 31 and 33 degrees.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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