Sunny skies forecast as mercury rises Tuesday

TAIPEI (CNA) – With a continental air cold mass weakening, temperatures around Taiwan are expected to rise and sunny skies forecast today, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to rise to 24-25 degrees Celsius and reach as high as 27-28 degrees in central Taiwan Tuesday, up 5-6 degrees from a day earlier, the CWB said.

In the south, temperature highs are expected to rise to around 28 degrees, up 3-4 degrees from a day earlier, the bureau added.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the mercury remained low with the lowest temperature recorded 9.1 degrees at Daxi monitoring station in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, according to the CWB.

With reduced moisture, the country will enjoy stable weather conditions with sunny to cloudy skies throughout the day, while brief showers are possible in eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas in the west, the CWB said.

However, the day-night temperature gap is expected to remain wide Tuesday with the mercury forecast to fall to 13-15 degrees at night in northern and central Taiwan, and 17 degrees in the south, the CWB said, urging the public to keep warm.

The bureau also warned that foggy conditions are possible in central and southern areas as well as outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands Tuesday.

The warm weather is expected to continue into Wednesday before a weather front moves in later in the day pushing down temperatures across the country, the CWB said.

The weather front is expected to boost cloud cover and bring rain Wednesday, it added.

Meanwhile, the air quality in some parts of the country, such as Hsinchu, Miaoli, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung was fair on Tuesday according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an “orange alert” in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

The air quality in Kinmen and Matsu also flashed an orange alert, partly due to pollutants from China’s southeastern coast, the EPA said.

By Chen Chun-shuo and Frances Huang