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Bureau watching tropical disturbances, depression

TAKE UMBRELLAS:Central, south and southeast Taiwan might experience showers or thundershowers, with isolated showers in the afternoon forecast for the rest of the nation

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

More wet weather could be on the way for the nation with three tropical disturbances in the northwest Pacific as well as a tropical depression system that could soon develop into a tropical storm, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

As of 3:30pm, the tropical depression, which would be named Wukong if it becomes a storm, was at 250km east of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), moving northwest at 20kph.

Sea vessels operating in the Bashi Channel as well as off the eastern and northern coasts of Taiwan proper should be on alert, as a sea alert could be issued as soon as the tropical depression turns into a tropical storm, the bureau said.

The tropical depression does not have a solid structure, but if it does become more solid, it would affect its path, bureau forecaster Li Meng-hsuan (李孟軒) said.

If it turns into a tropical storm, it is likely to continue moving north along the nation’s eastern coast, turn northwest and move toward China, Li said.

The bureau would not issue a sea alert if the storm’s path shifts to the east, he said.

The three other tropical disturbances — one near China’s Hainan Province and two near Guam — have the potential to turn into tropical depressions or a stronger system, but would not affect Taiwan in the short term, Li said.

The subsiding air generated by Tropical Storm Ampil caused the temperature in New Taipei City’s Sindian District (新店) to rise to 37.5°C yesterday morning, the highest temperature recorded nationwide yesterday.

Rogue waves caused by Ampil, some as high as 2m, were detected off Oluanpi, at Longdong Cape (龍洞岬) in New Taipei City, Lienchiang County and Yilan County yesterday morning.

This week’s weather would be mainly affected by the tropical depression system, with the Pacific high air pressure system being in the north, which means the weather would be unstable due to the combined influence of the south wind and humidity, Weatherrisk Explore chief executive Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明) said.

Chances of rain today are high nationwide. Residents in central, south and southeast Taiwan as well as the Hengchun Peninsula are expected to see showers or thundershowers, with isolated showers or thundershowers expected in other parts of the nation.

Heavy rainfall in the afternoon is forecast for the greater Taipei area, mountainous areas and the plains near mountainous areas, the bureau said, adding that rogue waves are likely to occur off the east, north and south coasts.

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