Records from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) showed the temperature in Taipei reached 37.6°C at noon yesterday, the highest temperature recorded since the summer season began this month.
The bureau said the city first hit 36.8°C at 11:46am. The mercury climbed further to 37.3°C at 12:08pm and eventually reached 37.6°C at 12:28pm.
According to the bureau, the nationwide high temperatures were due to a Pacific Ocean high pressure system. Compared to other parts of the nation, temperatures in Taipei rise more easily because the city is situated at the center of the Taipei Basin. The temperature can also increase further because of the urban heat island effect, which means the metropolitan area is much warmer than surrounding rural areas.
The bureau said that the temperature recorded yesterday was the 18th highest in terms of Taipei’s recorded history, adding that temperatures could rise past the 37°C mark again this week.
Readings also rose to 35.9°C in Banciao District (板橋), New Taipei City (新北市); to 34.8°C in Keelung City; and to 34.2°C in Yilan City.