Air quality fair except Kaohsiung, Pingtung Saturday

Taipei--The air quality was moderate to good around the country Saturday with the exception of parts of Kaohsiung City and neighboring Pingtung in southern Taiwan, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

For Sunday, the air quality picture is expected to remain the same, with only some parts of Kaohsiung and Pingtung flashing orange, indicating the air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups, while that in the rest of the country will be yellow (moderate) to green (good), according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/AqiForecast.aspx).

On both Saturday and Sunday, northern Taiwan could enjoy good quality air (green) in addition to Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan, according to the network.

The EPA's color scale takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

Green represents "good" air quality, with a pollutant reading of less than 50; yellow indicates "moderate" at 50-100; orange means "unhealthy for sensitive groups" with a reading of 101-150; red indicates "unhealthy" with a range of 151-200; purple signifies "very unhealthy" with a level of 201-300; maroon represents "hazardous" with a reading of 301-500.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel