Autumn Tiger on the rampage: 37.1 degrees in Taipei

Cooler temperatures expected Thursday

The mercury reached 37.1 in Taipei Tuesday.

The mercury reached 37.1 in Taipei Tuesday. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Despite summer being officially over, temperatures in Taipei City still reached a high of 37.1 degrees Celsius Tuesday in what locals call an “Autumn Tiger” (秋老虎), the Taiwanese equivalent of an “Indian summer.”

Due to a high-pressure area over the Pacific, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicted earlier Tuesday that 37 degrees in Taipei was a distinct possibility.

At 11:32 a.m., the mercury reached 36.2, at 12:09 p.m., it crossed 36.4 degrees, and at 12:48 p.m., the temperature did rise to 37.1 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

Other parts of the country were not spared the heat, with the Banqiao district of New Taipei City recording 36.3 degrees at 8 minutes past noon, and Chiayi City in southern Taiwan reaching 35.8 degrees at 12:26 p.m., though none of those temperatures were records for this September so far, weather experts remarked.

The CWB counseled the public to prevent sunburn and dehydration, while lower temperatures were not expected until Thursday.