High temperature warning issued for southern Taiwan

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High temperature warning issued for southern Taiwan

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Tuesday issued a high temperature warning for some parts of southern Taiwan, saying winds from the south are expected to bring warm air to the country.

The CWB said a "yellow" high temperature alert, which signifies temperatures of more than 36 degrees Celsius in a single day, has taken effect for Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south.

Most of Taiwan will see sunny skies, and daytime temperatures will reach 34-35 degrees in northern and central Taiwan and 33 degrees in the east, the CWB forecast.

Despite the generally stable weather conditions, however, sporadic showers are expected around the country in the afternoon, in particular in mountainous areas in northern and northeastern Taiwan, the CWB said.

The bureau said dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation can be expected around midday, and it urged people to take the necessary precautions when going outdoors.

Foggy conditions can be expected on the outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands Tuesday, the CWB said, warning of low visibility and possible disruptions in transportation schedules.

Meanwhile, the air quality on Tuesday was good in Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan, and fair air quality was reported in Hsinchu and Miaoli in the north, and the Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas in the south, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

Due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, however, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in some other parts of northern Taiwan, indicating unhealthy levels of pollutants for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

(By Weng Tsui-ping and Frances Huang)

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