Kinmen could see mercury hit 38 degrees Tuesday


TAIPEI (CNA) — Kinmen County, which is just off the coast of southeastern China, could see temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius on Tuesday because of warm southeasterly winds, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said it has issued an “orange” heat alert for Kinmen, which means a one-day high of at least 38 degrees or a maximum temperature of 36 degrees for three consecutive days.

Temperatures are not expected to hit that high on the island of Taiwan, but a yellow heat warning took effect for Taichung in central Taiwan because of the wind system, signaling a one-day high of at least 36 degrees, the CWB said.

The CWB said temperature highs are expected to hit 35 degrees in northern and central Taiwan and 33 degrees in the south Tuesday, down 1-2 degrees from a day earlier due to thicker cloud cover.

According to the CWB, a tropical storm, Higos, formed Tuesday morning and is expected to make landfall in Guangdong province Wednesday at the earliest, the CWB said.

The storm, which was located about 480 kilometers west-southwest of Taiwan’s southernmost point as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, was not likely to directly affect Taiwan, but its periphery could destabilize the weather in the eastern and southern parts of the island, the CWB said.

It warned of sporadic showers and even thundershowers in eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south, and occasional but heavy showers in the rest of southern Taiwan and in the central part of the island.