Tropical Storm Yagi forms SE of Taiwan

Peng Chi-ming says Tropical Storm Yagi would soon form into a typhoon to the southeast of Taiwan

(Infrared satellite image from NOAA)

(Infrared satellite image from NOAA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A tropical depression approximately 1,300 kilometers southeast of Taiwan was at noon today (Aug. 8) officially upgraded by the Japan Meteorological Agency as Tropical Storm Yagi, which could soon become the next typhoon, according to WeatherRisk Explore Inc. President Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明).

Scorching hot temperatures will continue to be felt throughout Taiwan today, with highs ranging from 33 to 37 degrees Celsius. Afternoon thunderstorms are likely in central and southern Taiwan and the next few days will continue the same pattern of high daytime temperatures and scattered afternoon showers.

On his Facebook page, Peng said that Yagi, the 14th tropical storm of the year, could develop into a typhoon and it move northward in the future, and along with a low pressure area, could impact the southeast coast of Taiwan by the end of the week.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that Yagi will head towards Japan's Ryuku Islands and not impact Taiwan directly. However, the CWB said that water vapor from the tropical storm combined with a approaching low pressure system the South China Sea would bring scattered showers to eastern and southern Taiwan beginning on Saturday.

Cyclone in center is Tropical Storm Yagi. (Mapfrom WeatherRisk Explore Inc.)

Infrared satellite image from NOAA.

Model showing possible paths of tropical systems. (Mapfrom WeatherRisk Explore Inc.)