13 days of scorching heat in June ties record

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/06/23
By: Chen Ting-wei and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The Taipei weather monitoring station recorded a temperature

(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

of 35.4 degrees Celsius at Tuesday noon, bringing the number of days in June with temperatures of 35 degrees and over to 13 during the month, tying an all-time high.

The 13 days of high heat in June tied the record set in 2011, the Central Weather Bureau said, and it predicted that the record would likely be shattered in the remaining seven days before the end of the month.

A high pressure system in the Pacific will also become stronger next week when weather conditions stabilize, further increasing the odds that the record will be broken, the bureau said.

The highest temperature recorded in Taipei so far this year was 37.1 degrees Celsius on June 19, according to the weather bureau.     [FULL  STORY]

Heavy rain brings floods to greater Taipei

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/06/14
By Wang Shu-fen, Ku Chuan, Yu Kai-hsiang, Chen Shu-fen, Bien Chin-feng and Kuo Chung-han

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the greater Taipei area Sunday 16797373afternoon, causing flash floods in parts of the metropolises, as local firefighters, policemen and other officials work in emergency centers to cope with the situation.

Gongguan, famous for its night market and proximity to National Taiwan University, recorded 105 millimeters of rainfall in an hour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data.

Daan, Xinyi, and Wenshan districts in Taipei and Xindian, Yonghe, and Zhonghe districts in New Taipei have experienced heavy rain, meaning more than 50mm of rainfall in 24 hours, according to the bureau.

One of the exits at Gongguan MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station was temporarily closed due to flooding concerns. The operation of Taipei Metro has been running normal as usual and has not been affected by the heavy rain, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. said.      [FULL  STORY][