Balmy weather forecast in Taiwan Sunday

According to CWB, sunny and comfortable weather is expected around Taiwan Sunday, when daytime temperatures are forecast to rise to the mid to upper 20 degrees Celsius. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews, 2018.3.25)

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) Sunny and comfortable weather is expected around Taiwan Sunday, when daytime temperatures are forecast to rise to the mid to upper 20 degrees Celsius, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

The weather Sunday is similar to Saturday, with daytime highs of 25-28 degrees in western Taiwan, and 24-25 in eastern Taiwan, CWB forecaster Chang Cheng-chuan (張承傳) said.

However, temperatures across the country in the early morning remained cool, Chang said, adding that lows of 15-17 degrees were recorded in northern and central Taiwan and 18-19 degrees in southern and eastern Taiwan.

Chang reminded the public in western Taiwan to be alert to sharp differences in daytime and nighttime temperatures.

With increased moisture on Sunday, mountainous areas in northern and eastern Taiwan can expect sporadic rain, while cloudy skies are expected for the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression near Guam will likely develop into the third storm of this year on Sunday but will unlikely affect Taiwan, according to Chang.

At the same time, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) warned of poor air quality in western Taiwan and the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu on Sunday due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants.

As of 10 a.m., the EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at two air quality monitoring stations in Yunlin flashed red warnings, indicating generally unhealthy air, while it flashed orange in 25 monitoring stations in western Taiwan as well as the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, according to the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/default.aspx)

(By Chen Wei-ting, Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)