By: Yu Hsiao-han and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Nantou County in central Taiwan on Sunday recorded its hottest day of the year, so far, as the mercury rose to 40 degrees Celsius, which was also a nationwide high, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
The daytime high of 40 degrees was recorded at 1:30 p.m. at a highway rest stop called the Nantou Service Area, according to the CWB.
Elsewhere in Taiwan, the temperature rose to 38.2 degrees in Yuemei Village in Kaohsiung and in Beiliao Village in Tainan on Sunday, the CWB said.
Early Sunday afternoon, the CWB issued an "orange" heat alert for Kaohsiung and Nantou, warning that temperatures there were expected to reach 38 degrees during the day.
It also issued a "yellow" heat warning for areas near mountains and river valleys in Tainan, Pingtung, Chiayi, Miaoli, Taichung, Yunlin, Hualien and Changhua, saying daytime temperatures were expected to rise to 36 degrees later in the afternoon. [FULL STORY]