Temperatures in Taiwan expected to soar past 36 degrees Monday

The sunshine and clear skies in northern Taiwan will last until only Sunday, when strong northeasterly winds will bring wet weather and drop the temperature by several degrees, the Central Weather Bureau said Friday.

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA)-Hot weather is forecast to prevail across Taiwan on Monday, with daytime temperatures rising to over 36 degrees Celsius in some areas, while afternoon thundershowers are likely in parts of the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster said cloudy to sunny skies are expected across Taiwan, with midday temperatures of between 33 and 36 degrees.

In northern Taiwan, Yilan and Hualien in the east, and Kaohsiung in the south, highs of more than 36 degrees are likely, he said.

While most of the country will see sunny skies, some areas can expect occasional afternoon thundershowers, Lee said, warning of lightning strikes and strong winds.

Meanwhile, he said, Typhoon Shanshan in the Western Pacific Ocean is unlikely to affect Taiwan.

As of 2 a.m. Monday, the storm was located 2,530 kilometers east of Taipei and was moving in a north-northwesterly direction toward Japan, Lee said.

Another weather system, still a tropical depression, was located near the Philippines and was likely to strengthen into a tropical storm later Monday at the earliest, he said, adding that the CWB was keeping a close eye on it.