Temperature remains high Friday

Taipei--Due to a high pressure system over the Pacific that has blanketed Taiwan in recent weeks, daytime highs across most parts of the country were forecast to hover between 33-35 degrees Celsius on Friday, with greater Taipei likely to see the mercury climb to 36 degrees, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Most parts of the country will see sunny or cloudy skies on Friday, with thunderstorms forecast for low-lying areas in western Taiwan, mountainous areas north of central Taiwan and coastal areas in the south, bureau data showed.

Some areas will receive short but strong precipitation, while parts of southeastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula will see intermittent showers throughout the day due to a small amount of moisture moving into Taiwan.

As of Thursday, the Taipei weather station had recorded 15 days with a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius or higher since the beginning of the year, bureau data showed. In 2016, the number was 20 days -- the highest on record.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel