Weather: Over 37 degrees in greater Taipei area

Taipei-Hot weather will affect all of Taiwan and its outlying islands on Tuesday because of a strong Pacific high pressure system, with temperatures in the greater Taipei area expected to rise to 37 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Under the high pressure system's influence, temperatures around most of Taiwan will range between 33 and 35 degrees but reach higher levels in Taipei, the weather bureau said.

Sporadic thundershowers will be seen in mountainous areas, and people who have activities planned in the mountains or along rivers should pay attention to possible changes in the weather, the bureau said.

The bureau forecast more of the same for the next six days, predicting temperatures ranging from 26 to 37 degrees all around Taiwan from Aug. 16 to 21.

More afternoon thundershowers are expected beginning on the 17th, however, especially in the northern half of Taiwan.

The ultraviolet index, meanwhile, was again expected to hit levels in the greater Taipei area, along the east coast of Taiwan and in Penghu at around noon on Tuesday that put people at "extreme" risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.

In other areas along Taiwan's west coast, the UV index will hit levels at which people are at "very high" risk of harm from the sun's rays.

Air quality around Taiwan is expected to be good to fair on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, though abnormally high levels of ozone pollution may be seen in the Taipei area.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel