Warmer weather forecast around Taiwan Saturday

TAIPEI (CNA) – The weather in Taiwan can be expected to warm up Saturday as northeasterly winds weaken, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Under the influence of more southerly winds, daytime highs will hit 27 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan Saturday, 29 degrees in central Taiwan, and 31 degrees in the south, the CWB said However, the mercury will drop sharply at night and into the early hours of Sunday to 17 degrees in northern Taiwan and 19-20 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the CWB said.

Early Saturday, the lowest temperature recorded in a low-lying area was 15.3 degrees, at the CWB’s Shoufeng monitoring station in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, according to the bureau. It forecast cloudy to sunny skies around Taiwan on Saturday, with likely sporadic afternoon showers in mountainous areas of eastern Taiwan.

Despite the stable conditions, visibility might be low in the Kinmen and Matsu islands due to fog, the CWB said.

By Sunday, the mercury will drop again around Taiwan, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, the air quality in parts of the country such as northern Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung was good to fair on Saturday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, with very little wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing “orange” in central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

By Wu Chia-yin and Frances Huang