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Sweltering tempertures, afternoon showers this week: weather bureau

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan is set to begin this week at a sweltering 35 degrees Celsius, reported the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday.

The southeastern, eastern, northeastern and northern regions of Taiwan are expected to see short bursts of rain, while showers are expected in the mountainous areas of Central and Southern Taiwan this afternoon.

Penghu, Kinmen and the Matsu islands will be hot throughout Monday, with an average of 34 to 35 degrees Celsius, said the CWB, which advises participants in outdoor events to apply sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.

Rain is expected because of nearing Typhoon Neoguri (Raccoon), which is the eighth typhoon of the year. The typhoon will have little direct impact on Taiwan, but is expected to bring rain to several regions and raise wind speeds to 7 and 8 on the Beaufort scale. Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu will be partly cloudy with no rain.

Yesterday, Taiwan was also swamped with heat, with Banqiao District in New Taipei reaching 37.7 degrees Celsius, and 36.7 degrees in Taipei. It was Banqiao's hottest day so far this year, said the CWB. Today, Hsinchu, Kinmen, Taichung, Danshui and Chiayi will reach over 35 degrees Celsius, while Yilan, Tainan and Penghu will hit 34 degrees.

From July 9 to July 13, southwest gales will bring showers to Southern and Central Taiwan, while afternoon showers will occur in Northern, Eastern and Northeastern Taiwan, the CWB reported.

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A child splashes in a water fountain in delight as summer heats up in Taiwan. Taiwan will be beginning this week at a sweltering 35 degrees Celsius, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

(CNA)

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