Typhoon outskirts forecast to affect Taiwan over weekend

Image taken from the Central Weather Bureau website

TAIPEI (CNA) — The outskirts of Typhoon Vongfong are expected to affect Taiwan over the weekend, with showers or thundershowers likely in some parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast Thursday.

As of 8:00 a.m., Vongfong, the first named storm of this year in the Pacific, was located 1,240 kilometers southeast of Taiwan, moving at 12 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction toward the Philippines before veering off in a west northwesterly direction, the CWB said.

On Saturday and Sunday, some areas in southern and eastern Taiwan are likely to receive brief showers or thundershowers, it said.

The typhoon is forecast to come closest to Taiwan on Sunday, when its outskirts will bring precipitation to the east and south, particularly in Taitung County and the Hengchun Peninsula.

As the radius of Vongfong has widened to 150 kilometers, a sea warning might be issued, the CBC said.

On Thursday, most of Taiwan will see sunny or cloudy skies, with highs reaching over 36 degrees Celsius in the plains areas of the south, and 31-34 degrees in the rest of the country, it said.

Meanwhile, a red color alert has been flashed for northern Taiwan, meaning that the air quality in the region is unhealthy for the general public, according to the Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network under the Environmental Protection Administration, which ascribed it to weak wind that has failed to disperse highly concentrated pollutants.

An orange alert has been warned for the southern and central parts of the country, indicating an unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups. A yellow alert has been flagged for the eastern part of the country, showing moderate air quality there.