Taiwan braces for hot, humid week with thunderstorms ahead

Taiwan braces for hot, humid week with thunderstorms ahead (TVBS News)
Taiwan braces for hot, humid week with thunderstorms ahead (TVBS News)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — The Central Weather Administration (中央氣象署, CWA) warned on Tuesday (June 11) of a week filled with hot and humid conditions across Taiwan due to the persistent influence of the southwest wind and a lingering front.

Residents are advised to brace for unstable weather, including sporadic showers and thunderstorms, particularly in the southern regions and mountainous areas where the risk of heavy rainfall and related hazards such as landslides and rockfalls is elevated.

Weather Patterns Across Taiwan

According to the CWA, areas south of Miaoli will experience intermittent short-lived showers or thunderstorms, with a broader range of rainfall in the southern parts of the island. Meanwhile, regions north of Hsinchu, as well as the Yilan, Hualien, and Taitung areas, will experience mostly cloudy to sunny skies, with the possibility of localized brief thunderstorms in the afternoon. The CWA also highlighted the loosened soil in mountain areas, urging caution against landslides, rockfalls, and sudden surges in stream and river water levels. Temperatures across the island are expected to range from 30 to 34 degrees Celsius, feeling stifling hot when it is not raining.

Visibility Concerns and Expert Advice

A dense fog advisory has been issued for the Kinmen and Matsu areas, with visibility dropping below 200 meters in Kinmen. Former CWA Weather Forecast Center director Daniel Wu (吳德榮) noted that the "lingering front" will hover over the northern sea near Taiwan from Tuesday to the following Monday (June 17), keeping Taiwan within a warm air mass ahead of the front. Wu emphasized the importance of sun protection and heatstroke prevention before the rain cools down the sweltering heat.