Tropical Storm Pakhar could bring rain to Taiwan Sunday

Taipei-Affected by the peripheral cloud system of Tropical Storm Pakhar over the South China Sea, Hualien and Taitung in eastern, central and southern Taiwan could see passing showers or thunderstorms on Sunday, while other areas will see largely cloudy and sunny skies, the Central Weather Bureau forecast.

Daytime highs in northern Taiwan are expected to hit 36 degrees Celsius, while those in other areas will hover between 32 and 35 degrees, the bureau said.

It advised people to take precautions against sunburn and heat stroke and drink a lot of water when outdoors.

Pakhar, the 14th storm of this year's Pacific typhoon season, was moving in a west-northwest direction toward waters off the Dongsha (Pratas) Islands at 23-30 kilometers per hour, packing sustained winds of 108 kph, with gusts of up to 136.8 kph, according to data on the official website of the bureau.

The storm may hit China's Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province and could pick up strength, the bureau said.

It urged travelers who plan to go to the areas to be cautious and to pay attention to flight information and the weather forecast.

The bureau forecast rogue waves in the coastal areas of northern and southern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula, as well as offshore islands. It advised people to avoid seaside activities in those areas.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel