Temperatures to rise in northern Taiwan over the weekend

Taipei, The weather in the Greater Taipei Area will be sunny or cloudy while temperatures are expected to rise in northern Taiwan as northeasterly winds weaken on Saturday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The windward side of areas in northern Taiwan, including the Greater Taipei Area, the north coast in Keelung, as well as Yilan and Hualien, received showers Saturday morning, the CWB predicted.

Later in the day, the northeasterly winds will gradually weaken and rain is forecast to ease in the north, with high temperatures of 27-29 degrees Celsius forecast, but sporadic showers are still expected in Taipei's mountains and eastern parts of Taiwan, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, the air quality in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, and Penghu is expected to be good, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in central Taiwan and an "red alert" in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung, meaning the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups and the general public, respectively, the EPA noted.

As of 12 p.m. Saturday, 23 air quality monitoring stations in western Taiwan recorded an orange alert, the EPA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel