CWB warns of big day-night temperature differences

Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA)-The day-night temperature gap is expected to remain wide in Taiwan on Wednesday as it comes under the influence of northeasterly winds, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

The CWB said daytime temperatures in northern and eastern Taiwan are forecast to range between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius but likely to fall to 18-20 degrees at night.

As for central and southern Taiwan, the mercury is expected to reach as high as 30 degrees before dropping to 18-20 degrees at night, the CWB said.

The lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan early Wednesday morning was 18.1 degrees in the CWB’s monitoring station in Chiayi, according to the bureau.

Northeasterly winds are expected to result in thick cloud cover in northern and eastern Taiwan, with sporadic showers likely, while sunny skies are forecast for central and southern Taiwan most of the day, the CWB said.

The bureau also warned of possible strong winds, particularly in eastern Taiwan, areas north of Chiayi and the Hengchun Peninsula.

Meanwhile, the air quality in parts of the country, such as northern Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and the central part of the country was expected to be good to fair on Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

But due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an “orange alert” in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels of pollutants for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.