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EPA warns of coming dust storm

EPA warns of coming dust storm

The Environmental Protection Administration forecast yesterday that a dust storm from northern China would sweep over Taiwan later in the day, brought south by a cold air front from China.
Director-General Chu Yu-chi of the EPA's Department of Environment Monitoring and Information Management noted that East Asia suffers from November to May due to dust storms from northern China.
Chu warned that the air quality would begin deteriorating from 9 p.m. Saturday evening, with the worst expected between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. the following day.
The air particle density will increase to 50-100 micrograms per cubic meter later in the day, posing a threat to health, Chu said, adding that the dust mass will not begin to leave Taiwan until 3 p.m. today and will not have fully cleared the island until Tuesday.
The Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) released a low temperature warning yesterday, reporting the temperature in the north and northeast would drop to 12 degrees Celsius due to the arrival of this winter's first cold front, with 15 degrees Celsius forecast for southern regions.
The cold front is expected to linger over Taiwan until January 3, a spokesman for the bureau said, noting that people in the north and northeast are expected to experience a low of below 10 degrees Celsius today and 9 degrees Celsius tomorrow.