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Tropical storm forms southeast of Taiwan, officials keep watch

BREWING STORMThe projected path has the storm heading toward the Philippines in the next two days, but these paths are known to be variable

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Weather Bureau yesterday announced that a tropical storm had formed close to Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean, but said it was still determining whether the storm would affect the country.

At press time, Tropical Storm Conson was about 1,250km southeast of Hengchun (恆春), Pingtung County, and 890km east of Manila. It was moving northwesterly at a speed of 21kph, with a radius reaching 120km.

Bureau forecaster Lee Hsiang-yuan (李湘源) said Conson was expected to approach the Philippines in the next two days.

“We can better determine the potential track of the storm by considering the changes in high air pressure in the Pacific Ocean after the storm passes the Philippines,” Lee said.

Weather forecasters in Vietnam named the storm after a scenic spot in the country.

Meanwhile, the weather forecast showed high chances of afternoon thundershowers in plains areas in northern, northeastern and central parts of the country this week. If the convection range increases, thundershowers could also occur in Hualien and Taitung, the weather bureau said.

While rain would bring afternoon temperatures down a little, daytime temperatures in Taipei City could still reach 36°C. Highs of between 33°C and 35°C are also expected across the nation.

Fewer Foehn winds, or downslope dry, hot winds, are expected in Taitung because the wind now blows from the south rather than the southwest.

Temperatures in Dawu (大武), Taitung County, reached 39.2°C on Sunday.

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