TAIPEI (TVBS News) — The Central Weather Administration (CWA) announced on Friday (Nov. 24) that intensified northeasterly winds over the past 24 hours are carrying pollutants southward from Shanghai, where PM2.5 levels have reached 139 micrograms per cubic meter. Consequently, Taiwan is bracing for poor air quality from Friday through Sunday.
An orange code alert for air quality has been issued for the western half of Taiwan today, with some areas possibly escalating to red alert status. The CWA cautions that air quality is unlikely to improve over the next two days. While northern and central regions may see some improvement starting Saturday morning, southern regions are expected to face increased pollution accumulation due to weaker winds.
The Ministry of Environment is advising the public, especially vulnerable groups like the elderly and children with weaker immune systems, to limit strenuous outdoor activities. They also suggest reducing the use of public transportation to decrease pollutant emissions. Residents should stay informed about updates and take precautions to protect their health against the worsening air quality.