TAIPEI (CNA) – A heavy rain warning was issued for five cities and counties across Taiwan on Wednesday due to strengthening northeasterly winds and a convective cloud system, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
People in New Taipei, Taipei’s Wenshan District, the northeast coastal area around Keelung, Yilan and Hualien counties in eastern Taiwan, and the Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County should be alert to strong precipitation, thunder and gusty winds, the bureau said.
Areas south of Hsinchu County will see sunny to cloudy skies, with brief thundershowers in the afternoon in mountainous areas, it said.
The day’s high in areas north of Taoyuan and eastern Taiwan will reach 30-33 degrees Celsius, while the weather in central and southern Taiwan will be muggy and hot, with the mercury likely to climb to 34-35 degrees, according to the bureau.
As of 11 a.m., the air quality was rated as unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, elderly people and people with cardiovascular problems in Miaoli, Nantou, Changhua and Yunlin counties and Taichung City in central Taiwan.
It was rated fair further south along Taiwan’s western coast and good in the northern and eastern part of the island.
By Flor Wang