Partially sunny skies will prevail as mercury rises: CWB


Taipei, April 5 (CNA) Partly cloudy to sunny skies are expected to prevail around Taiwan on Tuesday, with warm easterly winds expected to push daytime temperatures up by one to two degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) .

The CCB said temperatures were rising around Taiwan after sunrise on Tuesday after dropping as high as 12.5 degrees at the office monitoring station in Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, early in the morning.

In Taipei, temperatures hit a low of 15.3 degrees early Tuesday at the CWB monitoring station in Nangang District, the office said.

Stable weather conditions mean daytime highs are expected to reach 24-25 degrees in the north and 27-28 degrees in central and southern Taiwan on Tuesday, the CWB said.

On Tuesday evening, temperatures are expected to drop significantly, particularly in the south, as the ground emits large amounts of heat at night under clear skies, according to the bureau’s forecast.

According to the CWB, temperatures are expected to drop to 14-15 degrees in the north and 17-18 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.

Due to the stable weather system, only spotty showers are possible in eastern Taiwan, and brief afternoon showers are expected Tuesday in mountainous western areas, the CWB said.

Citing the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said stable weather is expected to continue through Wednesday.

Seasonal northeast winds are then expected to establish themselves on Thursday and bring moisture to all parts of Taiwan before stable weather conditions return on Friday, Wu said.

Maximum temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees in the north and 32 degrees or more in central and southern Taiwan over the weekend, Wu said.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said on Tuesday that air quality around Taiwan was rated “good” in Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in the east and “fair” in north and central Taiwan, and Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan to the south.

In parts of Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south, however, the air quality index showed an “amber” alert on Tuesday, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, the EPA said.


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