Tropical depression headed toward Taiwan could become typhoon

Two tropical depressions are being carefully observed for transformation into typhoons as they move toward Taiwan

Photo source: Central Weather Bureau

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two tropical depressions which have developed over the Pacific Ocean in recent days are carefully being monitored for any signs of developing into typhoons, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Under the influence of the two tropical depressions, much of Taiwan continues to see sunny conditions in the morning, followed by sweltering temperatures by midday and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Taipei City's is forecast to hit a high today of around 36 degrees Celsius, while other parts of Taiwan will stay around 33 to 35 degrees.

According to CWB spokesman, Hsu Chung-I (徐仲毅), starting from tomorrow, the first of the two tropical depressions which have recently formed over the Pacific Ocean will start to weaken and slowly move to the north.

The CWB is carefully observing for the development of this tropical depression for any signs of transforming itself into tropical storm or typhoon. From August 22 to 24, it is expected to move forward to the South China Sea and affect the Philippines first.

The second tropical depression is currently bearing on a path toward the southeast part of Taiwan and might reach the typhoon stage next week, said professor Wu Te-jung (吳德榮) from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Central University.

However, there is no official announcement of a typhoon yet and this conclusion is still based on prior observation.