June temperatures surpass 118-year record: CWB
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday announced new national temperature highs for June that smashed previous records.
The CWB’s archives show temperature records up to June 28. Taipei’s average temperature of 29.8 degrees Celsius surpassed a 118-year record from 1897, while 13 low-elevation stations across Taiwan reported an average temperature of 29.4 degrees Celsius, smashing the 1980 record of 28.8 degrees for June.
For the number of days of temperatures hitting the 35-degree mark and over, Taipei City saw 17 days, there were 14 days in Chiayi and 10 days in Keelung, all making new records.
According to CWB forecaster Lin Chihhui ( ), the high temperatures in June were mainly the result of a strong Pacific high, and a low convection that brought a shortage of rain, but abundant heat and stable weather.
For today and tomorrow, temperatures will continue to rise, and could possibly hit a 36-degree daytime high, Lin said.
From July 2 to July 5, the Pacific high’s presence will lessen, thus bringing afternoon thundershowers to various parts of the island, and rain in mountain areas and low lands, said Lin. While temperatures will fall around 1 degree, temperatures will remain high throughout the day.