Tropical depression unlikely to have much impact on Taiwan: CWB

A tropical depression that formed to the east of the Philippines Thursday will have little impact on Taiwan, even if it develops into a typhoon. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) A tropical depression that formed to the east of the Philippines Thursday will have little impact on Taiwan, even if it develops into a typhoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Scorching weather was predicted across Taiwan for Thursday, with the mercury forecast to reach as high as 32-34 degrees Celsius in eastern Taiwan, while temperatures of over 33 degrees are expected in western parts of the country, CWB forecaster Yen Tseng-hsi (顏增璽) said.

The CWB has issued an orange and a yellow heat warning for Taipei and New Taipei, respectively, on its newly established color- coded heat warning system.

An orange light signifies that temperatures are forecast to be over 38 degrees on a given day or over 36 degrees for three or more consecutive days, the CWB said.

A yellow warning means that temperatures in the area are expected to be over 36 degrees on a given day.

The weather across Taiwan was forecast to be less stable Thursday compared with previous days due to the weakening of a Pacific anticyclone, Yen said, adding that occasional showers were forecast for southern and southeastern Taiwan.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Hsu Hsiao-ling)