Taipei sees hottest day of year

According to CWB, the mercury in Taipei soared to 34.3 degrees Celsius at 12:11 p.m. on Monday, the highest recorded in the capital this year. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.4.23)

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) The mercury in Taipei soared to 34.3 degrees Celsius at 12:11 p.m. on Monday, the highest recorded in the capital this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

In addition, 12 weather stations around Taiwan also recorded their highest temperature for the year, with 34.2 degrees in Tainan’s Yungkang and 32 degrees on Penghu, while Chiayi hit a high of 34.2 degrees at noon, the highest recorded in April since the weather station was established in 1968, according to data compiled by the CWB.

However, a weak cold front is expected to approach Taiwan on Tuesday, bringing northeasterly winds and rain across a large swathe of the country, CWB forecaster Chen Chien-an (陳建安) said.

On Wednesday, as the northeasterly winds strengthen, temperatures in northern Taiwan will drop to 18 degrees, while highs are expected to dip to around 22 degrees, with lows of about 20 degrees forecast in other areas of the country, according to Chen.

The weather is expected to heat up on Friday when the northeasterly winds weaken, Chen added.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)