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Temperatures climb to year's high in Hsinchu

Temperatures climb to year's high in Hsinchu

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Temperatures in Hsinchu in northern Taiwan soared to 38.8 degrees Celsius on Friday, the highest level recorded anywhere in Taiwan so far this year, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The high was recorded at 12:20 p.m., the bureau said, attributing the heat to dry, warm winds from Tropical Storm Fung-Wong, which are blowing down the sheltered side of the mountains into the valleys. The second-highest temperature this year was recorded in Dawu Township, Taitung County, on July 9 when the mercury reached 38.3 degrees under similar weather conditions, forecasters said. As of 11 a.m. Friday, Fung-Wong was centered 500 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 18 kph, the bureau said. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph, according to the bureau. The bureau said it is likely to issue a land warning Friday evening for the strengthening storm, cautioning against strong winds and big waves in eastern, southern and southwestern Taiwan. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-10-21 03:43 GMT+08:00