TAIPEI (TVBS News) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued heat warnings for nine cities and counties on Friday (June 30), signifying the imminent arrival of scorching hot weather across Taiwan throughout the weekend and prompting the need for heat precautionary measures.
The CWB issued an "orange" heat advisory for Taipei City and a "yellow" heat alert for Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Tainan City, Hualien County, and Taitung County.
Authorities use a color system to gauge the severity of heat in different regions. An orange warning means temperatures will likely reach 36°C for three consecutive days, while a yellow alert refers to a one-day high of 36°C.
The coming days will witness diminished moisture levels, with the weather ranging from mostly cloudy to sunny between July 1 and 6. However, caution is advised as localized afternoon thunderstorms and high temperatures may occur. It is recommended that individuals carry rain gear when venturing outdoors.
Also, the CWB expects a shift in wind direction from southerly to the southwest, resulting in the occurrence of the foehn or subsidence effect in southeastern regions. Consequently, temperatures in these areas are predicted to exceed 36 degrees Celsius. The Greater Taipei area is also projected to experience temperatures surpassing 35 degrees during this period.
Given the impending heatwave across Taiwan, it is crucial to remain attentive to the weather forecast, particularly the high-temperature alerts issued by the CWB. Specific precautions should be taken for infants, young children, and older people, who should avoid going outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is recommended to seek shaded areas and take measures to protect against sun exposure.
Particular attention should be paid to older people, as they are more susceptible to heatstroke. They should have company when venturing outdoors. According to data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of June 20, 276 heat-related injuries have been reported, compared to 280 cases in June 2022. Heat-related injuries include heatstroke, syncope, cramps, heat exhaustion, temporary heat fatigue, and heat edema.
Concerns have also arisen regarding potential power supply shortages in Taiwan amid the scorching heat. The heightened electricity consumption resulting from widespread air conditioning usage, coupled with other industrial factors, has raised apprehensions regarding the stability of the power supply during this period of high demand.