Poor air quality forecast for central, southern Taiwan

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Kaohsiung is engulfed in fog among reports of low air quality in the southern city on Nov. 6, 2017. The EPA forecast that the air quality on Tuesday will be “unhealthy” in the Kaohsiung, as well as Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and Pingtung areas and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in Kinmen and central Taiwan, while remaining good to fair in the rest of the country. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – The air quality in central and southern Taiwan is expected to be poor on Tuesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The EPA forecast that the air quality on Tuesday will be “unhealthy” in the Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in Kinmen and central Taiwan, while remaining good to fair in the rest of the country.

As of 10 a.m., the Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed red, meaning unhealthy, in Kinmen as well as at eight monitoring stations in Kaohsiung and one in Pingtung, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

It flashed orange, meaning unhealthy for sensitive groups, at 17 monitoring stations in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou, Changhua, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

The EPA’s AQI takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air. 

By Wu Hsin-yun and Y.F. Low