High temperatures forecast for northern, eastern Taiwan

Taipei, Sunny skies are expected for most of Taiwan on Friday with temperatures forecast to hit 36 degrees Celsius or higher in northern and eastern parts of the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Kuan Hsin-ping (???) said the bureau has issued a "yellow" alert for Miaoli, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Yilan and Hualien due to a lack of humidity.

Under the CWB's new color-coded high temperature warning system, a yellow light means temperatures will rise above 36 degrees for a single day.

Despite the stable weather conditions, Kuan said, residents in northern and eastern Taiwan should still be aware of the possibility of occasional thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Central and southern Taiwan will remain under the influence of southwesterly winds on Wednesday and could see downpours during the day, which should ease the heat in those areas and keep temperatures within a 31-34 degree range, the CWB said.

The CWB has issued a heavy rain warning for Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung for Friday. A heavy rain warning means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm of rainfall in one hour, according to the CWB.

Coastal areas in central and southern Taiwan and the outlying Penghu County may also experience long waves on Friday, while strong winds are expected to affect southeastern Taiwan, including Orchid Island and the Hengchun Peninsula.

The CWB said Tropical Storm Soulik, the 19th in the West Pacific Ocean so far this year, was centered 2,110 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei at around 2 a.m. Friday and moving in a north-northwesterly direction toward Japan.

The bureau has said the storm is unlikely to affect Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel