Rainy weather likely on Wednesday

Taipei--Areas around Taiwan can expect unstable weather and rainfall on Wednesday as a weather front approaches, the Central Weather Bureau said.

While most of the country could see intermittent rain for much of the day, areas in the northern half of Taiwan could also experience thunderstorms, the bureau forecast.

High temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to hit around 28 degrees Celsius, while highs in southern Taiwan should hover between 28 and 30 degrees, the bureau said.

The weather will become more unstable Wednesday afternoon as the front moves closer to Taiwan, and rainfall could be accompanied by thunderbolts, according to the bureau.

Beginning Wednesday evening, the wind direction in waters north of Taiwan could change from southerly to northerly winds, the bureau said, cautioning boats to be on alert.

Meanwhile, the bureau maintained its forecast of colder weather around Taiwan starting Thursday and lasting until next Monday with the arrival of a cold air mass from China.

Low temperatures could drop to 11-13 degrees Celsius in the north, 14-16 degrees in central Taiwan, 15-18 degrees in the south, and 16-19 degrees in the east, bureau data show.

The air quality index on Wednesday, meanwhile, flashed orange in much of central and southern Taiwan, and yellow in most of the other areas along Taiwan's west coast.

Orange indicates that air quality is "unhealthy for sensitive groups" and yellow signals "moderate" air quality.

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

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel