Warm front sends mercury up to ‘summer-like’ levels Tuesday: CWB

With a warm air mass continuing to move north, temperatures on Tuesday were expected to hit 30 degrees Celsius in the southernmost county of Pingtung, with other areas of Taiwan hovering between 26-29 degrees, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

As a result, the weather in the early morning of Tuesday was slightly warmer than Monday, with lows reaching 17-21 degrees, the bureau said, adding that people should be mindful of sharp fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Most areas of Taiwan and the offshore islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu are forecast to see cloudy and sunny skies. Intermittent showers are likely in eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas in the north, according to the bureau.

The bureau also forecast choppy water in coastal areas of Keelung, northern Taiwan; Orchid Island and Green Island off eastern Taiwan and and Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung, advising people, where possible, to avoid coastal activities.

It warned that foggy conditions can be expected in western Taiwan and on the islands of Kinmen and Matsu, causing low visibility.

Meanwhile, the air quality in western Taiwan and the offshore county of Kinmen fell to hazardous levels on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

The level of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) recorded at 16 monitoring stations in Dayuan and Guanyin in Taoyuan, Miaoli and other areas in central and southern Taiwan, and Kinmen hit hazardous levels, the agency reported.

In areas where the air quality is poor, people are advised to wear masks when going outdoors and to avoid outdoor activities if they are elderly or suffer from heart, respiratory or cardiovascular ailments, the EPA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel