Scorching heat forecast for Taiwan; orange alert for Taipei

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Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Sunny skies and scorching heat are expected to continue to affect Taiwan on Wednesday with an “orange alert” issued for Taipei, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳) said temperature highs in Taipei are expected to top 36 degrees Celsius for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, triggering the issue of an orange alert.

“Taipei is a basin so it’s hard for heat to be dispersed,” Cheng said. “We anticipate temperatures in the city will continue to exceed 36 degrees today.”

Temperatures in Taipei had already reached 32.5 degrees by 10 a.m. and were expected to climb later in the day, Cheng said.

According to the CWB’s new color-coded high heat alert system, an orange light means temperatures of more than 38 degrees are expected in a single day or temperatures are forecast to remain above 36 degrees for three or more consecutive days, and warns people to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.

A “yellow alert” has been issued for Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Hualien and New Taipei, Cheng said.

Under the new system, a yellow light signifies temperatures of more than 36 degrees for a single day and warns people to avoid spending too much time outdoors.

The stable weather conditions meant temperatures around the rest of Taiwan would rise above 33 degrees on Wednesday, Cheng said.

The forecaster also warned that many parts of Taiwan could be exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation around the middle of the day Wednesday, and he urged people who needed to spend time outdoors to take the necessary precautions.

Despite the stable weather, sporadic showers or thundershowers are possible in mountainous areas around Taiwan, in particular in the afternoon, Cheng said.

Low-lying areas in southern Taiwan should also get some rain, the forecaster said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)