The temperature in Dawu (大武), Taitung County, rose to 37.6oC as the result of a foehn wind yesterday afternoon, the highest temperature recorded in Taiwan this year, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
Statistics from the bureau showed that the temperature rose above 36oC in the morning and peaked at 37.6oC at 1:14pm.
At 1:52pm on Saturday, the temperature in Dawu reached 37.5oC.
Bureau forecaster Hsieh Min-ken (謝旻耕) said the mercury rose to 35.2oC in Taipei at 1:10pm yesterday. In central and southern parts of the country, the temperature reached a high of 34.2oC and 33oC respectively.
Hsieh said hot and sunny weather was forecast nationwide until tomorrow, with highs potentially going above 35oC.
However, high air pressure over the Pacific could weaken slightly on Wednesday, Hsieh said, adding that sunny skies could turn cloudy in the afternoon between Wednesday and Friday.
Meanwhile, starting on Wednesday, the chance of afternoon showers will increase in northern, northeastern and mountainous parts of the country.
Forecasts for today showed temperatures between 26oC and 34oC in the north, 25oC and 34oC in central areas, 26oC and 34oC in the south and between 25oC and 33oC in the east.