Taipei--It was warm and muggy in Taiwan Sunday, with the daytime highs reaching over 30 degrees Celsius in southern parts of the island, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
As of 11 a.m. the highest temperatures were detected as 27.9 degrees C in Taipei, 29.2 degrees in Hsinchu and Taichung, 30.6 degrees in Chiayi, 30.2 degrees in Kaohsiung, and 28.4 degrees in Hualien, according to CWB data (http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7/observe/).
It will be mostly cloudy for the rest of the day, with occasional showers in eastern Taiwan, and afternoon showers caused by heat convection in the northern areas, mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan, and places close to the mountains, the weather bureau forecast.
The weather will be changeable in the coming week, the CWB forecast, expecting a front system will pass through Taiwan on Tuesday, bringing rain to the northern areas.
After the front, the northeasterly winds will come down on Thursday. The weather will be unstable until Saturday, the CWB forecast.
The CWB also predicted a tropical low air pressure over the waters east of the Philippines will pass through the central areas of that Southeast Asian country.
It's still unclear whether the low air pressure will affect Taiwan directly due to limited data on its possible route and strength, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, Wu Der-rong (???), an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said he expects the tropical low atmospheric pressure will move in a northeasterly direction after passing through central Philippines next Sunday.
After entering Bashi Channel, the low air pressure is expected to turn east northeasterly, Wu said.
The probability for the low air pressure to impact Taiwan will be low, he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel