High temperature warning issued for 8 cities, counties

The CWB said high temperature alert has been issued for Miaoli County, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taipei, Hualien County and Yilan County, while a yellow warning was given for Hsinchu County and Changhua County.

Taipei, July 30 (CNA)-The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a high temperature warning Monday for eight counties and cities in Taiwan caused by the influence of southerly winds.

The CWB said an orange alert has been issued for Miaoli County, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taipei, Hualien County and Yilan County, while a yellow warning was given for Hsinchu County and Changhua County.

According to the CWB’s new color-coded high heat alert system, an orange light means temperatures of more than 38 degrees Celsius 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.

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

The CWB said daytime temperatures in other parts of Taiwan are expected to range between 33 degrees and 36 degrees Monday assoutherly winds continue to bring scorching heat.

The bureau also warned that many parts of Taiwan could be exposed to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation around the middle of the day Monday.

While sunny skies are likely around Taiwan during the day, the CWB said thundershowers are forecast in mountainous areas and in certain low-lying areas in central and southern parts of the country.

The CWB said the weather pattern is expected to continue over the next few days.