The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast temperatures in Taipei to reach 36℃ (96.8°F) this afternoon with a heat index of 40-41℃ (104°F); thunderstorms are again likely across northern Taiwan due to the Pacific high pressure system. The forecast calls for similar temperatures tomorrow but a lower probability of thunderstorms.
The bureau recommends residents to use sunscreen for outdoor activities and to be aware of heat stroke. As of 10:15 am, the thermometers in Taipei hit 34°C.
Next week the temperatures are expected to be lower, but there will be no significant change in the weather pattern.
Air pollution levels across Taipei are at the high end of moderate levels, with AQI indicators ranging from 70 to 99 across the city as of 10 am. AQI levels above 100 are considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.
The CWB also recorded an earthquake 65.6 km off the southeast coast of Yilan with a magnitude 4.7 at 7:07 this morning. It was at a depth of 71 km. There was also a magnitude 3.7 quake off the northwest coast of Tainan at 3:08 this morning.