By: Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Five out of 13 weather stations across Taiwan saw
record-high average temperatures for 2015, a Central Weather Bureau (CWB) official said Thursday.
CWB Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) said on his Facebook page that new temperature records were set at the Tamsui, Taichung, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Hengchun weather stations.
According to CWB data, the stations saw average mercury levels of 23.07 degrees Celsius, 24.33 degrees, 24.31 degrees, 26.07 degrees and 26.12 degrees, respectively.
Taipei also recorded an annual overall temperature of 23.78 degrees, only 0.02 degrees lower than the highest record of 23.8 degrees set in 2002, the data shows.
The rising annual temperature is in line with a global warming trend, coupled with the recent strong development of El Nino, Cheng said. [FULL STORY]