A tropical storm from the Philippines that strengthened into a typhoon on Saturday is unlikely to reach Taiwan, but the nation could experience some rainfall from today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
As of 8am yesterday, Typhoon Utor was centered about 1,000km southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan and was moving west-northwest at a speed of 21kph, the bureau said.
The typhoon was packing sustained winds of 144kph, gusting to 180kph.
Although it remains far away from Taiwan and is unlikely to reach the nation, Utor’s peripheral cloud system could bring intermittent rain to eastern and southern parts of the nation today and tomorrow, the bureau said.
Northern areas may also see thunderstorms in the afternoon on these two days, it added.
From Wednesday through Friday, as the typhoon proceeds on its course toward southeastern China, the low-pressure cloud system it triggers could bring rainfall around Taiwan, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, daily high temperatures around the nation could drop to between 30oC and 33oC this week as a result of the typhoon, the bureau said.
Taiwan has been reeling under scorching heat over the past week, with temperatures in Taipei reaching a record high of 39.3oC on Thursday.
The weather nationwide is likely to remain hot and sunny today, with intermittent rain in southeastern areas and thunderstorms in the afternoon in the western part of the country.