Mercury forecast to hit 32 degrees Celsius Thursday

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) – As warm southeasterly winds move in, daytime temperatures in Taiwan are expected to hit as high as 32 degrees Celsius today, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said that with low humidity levels, cloudy to sunny skies are expected to prevail, with temperatures forecast to reach 30 degrees in northern Taiwan and 30-32 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, adding that Pingtung in the south of the country, in particular, will see 32 degrees.

While Taiwan is expected to enjoy stable weather, only occasional rain is expected in the east, while brief afternoon showers are possible in mountainous areas around Taiwan, the CWB said.

Foggy conditions are possible in western Taiwan and in the outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands at night Thursday, the CWB said.

The CWB said cloud cover is expected to get thicker later in the day, bringing some rain around the island late Thursday, which is expected to intensify over the next two days.

Meanwhile, the air quality in some parts of Hsinchu and Miaoli counties in northern Taiwan and Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan were reported as good to fair Thursday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

Due to an increase in hydrocarbon levels, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an orange alert in some areas of northern and central Taiwan, however, indicating unhealthy levels of pollutants for sensitive groups, the EPA said. Air quality in some areas of Yunlin, Chiayi and Pingtung counties, as well as Tainan and Kaohsiung, were reported as unhealthy for the general public, with the AQI flashing a red alert, according to the EPA’s monitoring system.

By Chang Ming-kun and Frances Huang