Highest heat alert issued for Hualien second day in a row

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TAIPEI (CNA) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued another highest-level “red” heat alert for Hualien County in eastern Taiwan Wednesday with the daily maximum temperature expected to reach 38 degrees for a second day in a row.

Under the CWB’s three-level heat advisory system, a red alert is issued when the daily maximum temperature is expected to reach 38 degrees for three consecutive days.

Meanwhile, a second-highest orange heat alert was issued for Taipei in northern Taiwan, and the lowest yellow alert for Keelung and New Taipei in northern Taiwan, eastern parts of the island, Kaohsiung and Pingtung County in the south, according to the CWB.

An orange alert means daily maximum temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees for three consecutive days, or the daily maximum temperature has reached 38 degrees.

A yellow alert means the daily maximum temperature has reached 36 degrees.

Graphic of heat information from the CWB website.

In other parts of the country, daytime highs will reach at least 33 degrees on Wednesday, according to CWB forecasts.

Members of the public are advised to reduce outdoor activities or take measures to avoid sunburn and drink more water to prevent heatstroke when outdoors.

The continuous high temperatures are the result of a Pacific high pressure system hovering over Taiwan and dry winds from the southwest, according to the bureau.

Partly cloudy or sunny skies are forecast for most of the island Wednesday with possible afternoon thunderstorms in mountainous areas, the bureau said.