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CWB forecasts warmer weather for next week

TAIPEI--Temperatures across Taiwan could rise significantly over next week, starting with daytime highs of 20-26 degrees Celsius islandwide on Sunday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

From Monday to Wednesday, the mercury is expected to climb even higher, with daytime temperatures hovering between 22 and 27 degrees across Taiwan, the bureau said Saturday.

Meanwhile, sporadic showers can be expected in Northern and Northeastern Taiwan on Sunday and the chances of rain could increase until mid-week, as cloud bands carrying heavy moisture move in from the south, the bureau said.

It said, however, that a newly formed tropical storm in the Pacific is unlikely to affect Taiwan significantly.

Sonamu, the first storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, was centered 1,800 kilometers south-southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip as of 8 a.m. Saturday, bureau forecasters said.

It was moving in a westerly direction at a speed of 15 km per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph, they said.

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