Taipei Due to reduced humidity in the air, Taiwan is expected to continue to experience cloudy to sunny skies on Saturday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The CWB said stable weather conditions are forecast to prevail around Taiwan and only sporadic showers might occur in the east and brief afternoon rainfall in the mountainous areas in the west.
Within the influence of southeasterly winds, daytime temperatures are expected to rise on Saturday, in particular in northern Taiwan, where highs are forecast to rise 3-4 degrees Celsius from a day earlier to 27 degrees, the CWB said.
The mercury is expected to hover between 29-30 degrees in central Taiwan, and range between 30 and 31 degrees in southern Taiwan on Saturday, little changed from a day earlier.
The CWB said a big day-night temperature difference is expected to remain, with the mercury at night forecast to fall to around 20 degrees.
It urged people, in particular in central and southern Taiwan, to keep warm at night.
Such warm weather is expected to continue into Tuesday, with daytime temperatures likely to move higher day by day, the CWB said.
Over the next few days, the CWB said, foggy conditions are possible in western Taiwan as well as in the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, warning of poor visibility in those areas.
Meanwhile, the air quality in some parts of Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan as well as the outlying islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu was fair on Saturday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
However, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in some parts of northern and central Taiwan, indicating unhealthy levels of pollutants for sensitive groups, the EPA said.
Due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the air quality in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan was unhealthy for the general public, with the AQI flashing a "red alert," the EPA's monitoring system showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel