Tue, Jul 24, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Weather Bureau predicts relief from recent heat wave

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The nation can enjoy a break from a prolonged heat wave today, as the high pressure system from the Pacific Ocean has shown signs of weakening, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

The bureau added that starting today, rain will increase in mountainous areas, while chances of afternoon showers in northern and central areas will rise as well.

Temperatures are unlikely to go beyond 37oC and will remain between 34oC and 36oC, the bureau said.

forecast

The bureau's weather forecast for today shows that the temperature will be 26oC to 35oC in the north, the central, and the east. However, temperatures in the south will remain between 27oC and 34oC.

Cooler days will finally come after the nation has been plagued with the scorching heat for a week.

Taipei City, for example, passed 38oC for two consecutive days last week.

Yesterday's temperature, however, dropped below 37oC. The bureau showed that the highest temperature yesterday was recorded around noon, reaching 35.4oC.

ultraviolet

Meanwhile, the ultraviolet index (UVI) compiled by the Environmental Protection Administration showed that the average UVI in the majority of the nation had exceeded 8, which is categorized as "excessive" by the administration.

Yesterday, the highest UVI was detected in Tainan County and Hsiaokang (小港) in Kaohsiung County, which topped 14.

Hsiaokang was followed by Hengchun (恆春) in Pingtung County, which hit 13.

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