Sunny skies forecast for Wednesday, mercury could hit 32 degrees

Taipei, The weather in Taiwan will be stable Wednesday, with sunny skies around the country and daytime temperatures expected to hit as high as 32 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Though Wednesday is the "beginning of winter" among the 24 solar terms of the lunar calendar, the mercury is expected to remain high during the day as a high pressure system moves in to stabilize weather conditions, the CWB said.

The CWB said daytime highs should hit 29-30 degrees in northern and eastern Taiwan and 31-32 degrees in central and southern parts of the country.

But temperature differences could be as wide as 10 degrees between day and night, with the mercury at night forecast to fall to 22 degrees in northern and central Taiwan and to 22-24 degrees in the south, the CWB said, urging the public to keep warm at night.

The lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan early Wednesday morning was 20.6 degrees in Xinwu District in Taoyuan, according to the CWB.

Despite the forecast of sunny skies, the CWB said, sporadic showers are possible on the northeastern coast of Taiwan and in Keelung and Yilan, while brief showers are forecast in mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan in the afternoon.

The CWB also urged drivers to be alert for fog early in the morning over the next couple of days, in particular in central and southern Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the air quality in parts of the country, such as northern Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien and the outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands, was expected to be good to fair on Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

But due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in Hsinchu, Miaoli, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

Even worse, the air quality in central Taiwan was unhealthy for the general public with the AQI flashing a "red alert," the EPA's monitoring network showed.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel