Mercury forecast to hit 34 degrees Wednesday

According to CWB, The weather will remain hot around Taiwan on Wednesday with daytime highs forecast to hit 34 degrees Celsius. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) The weather will remain hot around Taiwan on Wednesday with daytime highs forecast to hit 34 degrees Celsius, but conditions will change Thursday when a weather front arrives, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

On Wednesday, mercury is expected to reach 33 degrees in eastern Taiwan, while temperatures could hit as high as 34 degrees in the west, the CWB said.

Temperatures in Taitung could push even higher in the afternoon when waves of foehn winds — warm, gusty winds that blow down the slopes of mountain ranges — affect the southeastern county.

Due to the high temperatures, the CWB said many parts of western Taiwan could be exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation on Wednesday, and it urged people planning to spend time outdoors to take the necessary precautions.

Despite the generally sunny skies, the CWB said, sporadic showers are forecast in mountainous areas around the island and low-lying areas in northern Taiwan and Yilan County in the northeast. Thundershowers are likely in the afternoon.

A weather system is expected to arrive Thursday, bringing rain and lower temperatures around Taiwan, the CWB said.

Influenced by northeasterly winds, temperatures are expected to fall to 22-23 degrees in northern Taiwan and to around 30 degrees in central and southern parts of the country Thursday.

Strong winds and high waves are forecast in coastal areas, the Hengchun Peninsula and outlying islands such as Kinmen and Matsu.

After the weather front leaves Taiwan on Friday, the weather is expected to turn stable again, with temperatures reaching highs of 26 degrees in northern Taiwan and 30-31 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)