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Taiwan News Quick Take

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WEATHER

Hot Taipei days equal record

The Taipei weather monitoring station recorded a temperature of 35.4°C yesterday at noon, raising the number of days this month with temperatures of more than 35°C to 13 — the highest number in a month since records began. The 13 days of high temperatures this month tied the record set in 2011, the Central Weather Bureau said, adding that the record would likely be surpassed over the remaining week of the month. A high-pressure system in the Pacific is expected to strengthen next week as weather conditions stabilize, further increasing the odds that the record would be broken, the bureau said. The highest temperature recorded in Taipei so far this year was 37.1°C on Friday last week, according to the weather bureau.

CHARITY

Group offers sterile linen

A charity organization launched a mobile service in Chiayi yesterday to dry and sterilize clothing and bedding for elderly and bedridden people in the city. The group is employing a NT$2.84 million (US$91,606) Japanese-made truck, which is equipped with a dryer that uses infrared radiation to sterilize and deodorize bedding, said Li Shih-hung (黎世宏), executive director of the Sisters of Our Lady of China Catholic Charity Social Welfare Foundation, which is providing the service. Powered by kerosene, the equipment can achieve a temperature of 90°C, drying fabrics in 45 to 60 minutes, four times faster than the sun, Li said. Li said the process can kill pests and germs, including scabies mites and dust mites, without the use of chemicals. The mobile drying and sterilization unit provides free services to low-income, lower-middle class and disadvantaged households to help elderly people and bedridden patients maintain good hygiene, Li said.

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