Taipei, July 9 (CAN)－As Super Typhoon Maria approaches Taiwan, sunny skies and scorching heat are forecast to continue on Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
For Monday, daytime temperatures are expected to stay high with the mercury likely to hit 35-36 degrees Celsius in western Taiwan and 33-34 degrees in eastern parts of the country.
Despite the sunny skies forecast for Monday, the CWB urged people planning to engage in outdoor activities in mountainous areas to remain alert over possible occasional showers in the afternoon.
As for the approaching Super Typhoon, which is moving faster than a day earlier, the CWB reiterated that a warning could be issued later in the day. As of 9 a.m. Monday, Maria was 1,280 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of about 30 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward the waters off northern Taiwan, the CWB said.
If the typhoon stays on its current course, the bureau said, it expects to issue a sea warning on Monday afternoon at the earliest and did not rule out the possibility of a land warning on Tuesday morning.
The CWB said the typhoon is likely to be closest to Taiwan between the second half of Tuesday and the first half of Wednesday and rain will be heavier in the northern part of the country.
In the wake of the upcoming storm, the CWB said, high waves are possible in coastal areas in the north, southwest and east, including Orchid Island and Green Island, as well as the Hengchun Peninsula, and outlaying Matsu.
Before the typhoon brings rain to Taiwan, daytime temperatures are expected to remain high Tuesday, the CWB.