Taipei, A southwesterly airflow is expected for central and southern Taiwan Thursday, with high chances of showers or thunderstorms in the region, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
Meanwhile, a heavy rain alert has been issued for Kaohsiung and Tainan and an extremely heavy rain alert for Pingtung, the bureau said.
Other parts of the country were forecast to be partly cloudy Thursday, with occasional thunderstorms expected in the afternoon, according to CWB forecaster Chang Cheng-chuan (???).
Extremely heavy rain signifies accumulated rainfall of between 200mm-350mm over 24 hours, or more than 100 mm in one hour, while heavy rain refers to accumulated rainfall of between 80mm-200mm over 24 hours, or more than 40mm in one hour.
An orange warning light was issued for Taipei, telling residents to be aware of temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius Thursday, or over 36 degrees for three consecutive days, while a yellow warning, denoting temperatures of over 36 degrees, was issued for New Taipei and Hualien, the CWB said.
Gusty winds were forecast for northern, central and southeastern coastal areas, as well as the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu.
Tropical Storm Maria, located some 2,610 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi as of 8:00 a.m., will have no direct impact on Taiwan in the days to come.
The storm is expected to move in a northwesterly direction towards Japan's Ryukyu Islands, according to the CWB.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel