Temperatures reach 39 degrees Celsius in parts of Taiwan
Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Taiwan experienced a temperature spike on Sunday, with one central location and another in the south recording afternoon highs of over 39 degrees Celsius.
According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), a temperature of 39.6 degrees was recorded in Nantou City, Nantou County at 12:50 p.m., while a temperature of 39.2 degrees was recorded in Beiliaoli, Tainan, in southern Taiwan.
Meanwhile, temperatures in Jiaxian District in Kaohsiung and Sandimen County in Pingtung County both reached 38.9 degrees in the afternoon, while mercury in other parts of Tainan and Kaohsiung also reached 38 degrees.
Earlier today, the CWB issued a “code red” heat alert for valleys and areas near the mountains in Tainan and Kaohsiung, as well as Nantou and Pingtung, indicating that high daytime temperatures in those areas could reach 38 degrees three days in a row.
On the other hand, a “code orange” warning, indicating that temperatures could reach 36 degrees three days in a row, was issued by the CCB for Taichung and Nantou County in central Taiwan, as well as Yunlin counties. and Chiayi in central Taiwan, along with Taipei and New Taipei to the north.
The CWB said temperatures in Taiwan are high in the summer because the island is usually covered by high-pressure systems that draw in hot air.
Global warming and urbanization are two other factors that have made Taiwan’s climate even hotter in recent years, he added.