Hottest day of the year so far in Taipei

The mercury passed 36.2, 36.4 and 36.8 degrees Celsius Tuesday

Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far in Taipei City. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City registered its highest temperature of the year so far Tuesday, with 36.8 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The first maximum for this year was broken around 11:30 a.m., when the Taipei Station registered 36.2 degrees, the CWB said.

The mercury reached 36.4 degrees less than an hour later, around 12:21 p.m., but that was not the record for the day.

At 2:11 p.m., temperatures once again moved up to reach 36.8 degrees, the highest level for all of 2017 so far, according to forecasters. There was even a possibility that the 37-degree level might be breached, the CWB said.

The government institute warned citizens to take care when moving outside. People should take precautions against sunburn and sunstroke, while also drinking sufficient water to prevent dehydration, officials said.