Showers forecast in central, southern Taiwan Wednesday

Taipei--Occasional showers or brief thunderstorms are likely in central and southern Taiwan all day Wednesday because of strengthening southwesterly winds, while the weather in other parts of Taiwan will remain hot and sunny, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of between 34 and 37 degrees Celsius in most of Taiwan, while the high in the greater Taipei area could even reach 38 degrees, according to the CWB forecast.

The CWB also expected sporadic thundershowers in northeastern and eastern Taiwan and in mountainous areas in the afternoon.

In addition, Taiwan's northern and southeastern coasts (including Green Island and Orchid Island) as well as the offshore island of Matsu are likely to experience gusty winds, and southeastern Taiwan should be prepared for possible foehn winds, the CWB said.

Ultraviolet rays will remain high, reaching dangerous levels around noon, the CWB said, and it urged people to take precautions if they must go outdoors and to stay hydrated.

On Thursday, southwesterly winds will continue to strengthen, driving temperatures in northern Taiwan and the East Rift Valley in the east to 36-37 degrees and bringing afternoon thundershowers to eastern and northeastern Taiwan and mountainous areas.

The southwesterly winds are expected to weaken and see reduced moisture on Friday and Saturday when most areas of the country could see daytime highs of 33-36 degrees with chances of afternoon thundershowers, according to the CWB.

The weather will turn stable Sunday to next Tuesday, with daytime highs of 33-36 degrees forecast for areas around Taiwan.

In terms of air quality, it is expected to be good to fair around Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Air Quality Index.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel