Taipei has had its second consecutive hottest day of the year

The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Just a day after sweltering in its hottest day of the year, at 36.8 degrees Celsius, Taipei has seen the mercury rise higher still, hitting a max of 38 C Wednesday.

The level was reached at 12:04 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau, which attributed the hot weather affecting much of Taiwan to a strong high-pressure system moving over the Pacific.

While it’s the hottest day Taipei has seen in 2017, it’s not the hottest it’s been anywhere in Taiwan this year. That superlative belongs to Taitung’s Dawu Township, where the mercury hit 38.2 C on June 24.

Tuesday had been the first time this year that the temperature in the capital exceeded 36 C, the Central News Agency reported.

Wednesday’s 38 C reading was the hottest recorded anywhere in Taiwan Tuesday, ahead of the 37.5 C seen in New Taipei’s Banqiao District and the 35.1 C in Chiayi.

Clear skies an- highs in the mid 30s are forecast for most of Taiwan until Sunday, when overcast skies and showers are expected everywhere except the west’s outlying islands.