CWB issues high temperature warning for northern Taiwan

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CWB issues high temperature warning for northern Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday that it has issued a high temperature warning for several cities in northern Taiwan, citing the lingering influence of a high pressure system in the Pacific.

CWB forecaster Liu Pei-teng (劉沛藤) said an "orange alert" has taken effect in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Yilan, saying daytime temperatures for these areas could top 36 degrees Celsius again on Wednesday.

"The continued strength of the high pressure system has pushed temperatures in these areas to above 36 degrees in the past two days. The hot weather is expected to continue, triggering an orange alert," Liu said.

Under the CWB's new color-coded high temperature warning system, an orange light means a forecast of temperatures of more than 38 degrees in a single day or above 36 degrees for three or more consecutive days.

Liu said sunny skies are forecast around Taiwan and temperatures in other areas in the country are expected to range between 33 and 36 degrees on Wednesday, and the generally stable weather pattern is expected to continue over the next few days.

Despite the stable weather, occasional thundershowers are possible Wednesday in mountainous areas around Taiwan and low-lying areas in central and southern Taiwan, especially in the afternoon, Liu said.

A tropical depression located east of the Philippines, meanwhile, is intensifying and could become a tropical storm Thursday or Friday, the forecaster said.

If the tropical storm forms, it would be the 14th tropical storm in the West Pacific Ocean so far this year and would be named "Yagi," Liu said, but it is not likely to affect Taiwan because it is forecast to head toward Okinawa.

The tropical depression is about 2,000 kilometers away from Taiwan and currently moving in a northwest direction, but its course will likely shift northward in the near future, according to the CWB.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)

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