Temperature soars past 35 degrees Celsius in Taipei

Taipei--The mercury rose to over 35 degrees Celsius in Taipei at noon Monday, the highest temperature recorded in Taiwan so far this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

The temperature of 35.4 degrees was recorded at 12:48 p.m., according to the weather bureau.

Besides Taipei, 14 other locations across Taiwan on Monday also saw their highest temperatures of the year so far.

Among them were Taitung County's Dawu Township, where the mercury hit 35.3 degrees, and New Taipei City's Banqiao District, where a high of 34.9 degrees was recorded, CWB data showed.

Temperatures of over 32 degrees were seen in New Taipei's Danshui District, Taichung City's Wuqi District, Yilan County, Tainan City and Chiayi City, the highest so far this year for those areas, according to the CWB.

Meanwhile, as the hot weather drove up demand for electricity, the state-run Taiwan Power Company predicted that the operating reserve as a percentage of total generating capacity would drop to 5.36 percent Monday, with the power supply system flashing an orange alert.

The company uses a five-color coded system to indicate the status of power reserves and the stability of the power supply.

Green indicates an operating reserve of above 10 percent of total supply, yellow signals a reserve of between 6 percent and 10 percent of supply, and orange means a reserve of less than 6 percent.

A red light indicates that the reserve capacity has fallen below 900,000 kW (about 2.4 percent of the total) and while a black light means the reserve capacity is under 500,000 kW, a precursor to power rationing.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel