It’s still hot! Taipei hits nearly 38 degrees as typhoons loom


The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The mercury in Northern Taiwan reached 37.9 degrees Celsius on Thursday, extending a week of stifling heat that’s expected to ease only through multiple typhoons.

The Central Weather Bureau said that levels of ultraviolet rays were “very high” and “extreme” across Taiwan, advising the public to stay hydrated and to avoid unprotected sun exposure.

Peng Chi-ming, a meteorologist at WeatherRisk Explore Inc., urged his followers on Facebook to stay indoors around noon.

Outdoor workers and senior citizens especially should take care to keep out of the recent heatwave, Peng said.

The Taipei reading was the hottest anywhere in Taiwan on Thursday, followed by 36.9 C in New Taipei’s Banqiao and 36.3 C in Tamsui.

A tropical depression about 2,000 kilometers southeast of Japan is on track to becoming a typhoon, while another tropical depression is developing in the Philippine Sea, making it likely that Taiwan will see typhoons in the coming week, Peng said.