Air pollution from China to lead to poor air quality in Taiwan on Monday
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Air quality is expected to deteriorate throughout the day in Taiwan today (Nov. 18) as air pollution drifts south from China.
As a northeast wind gradually strengthens, pollutants from China are expected to shift southward this afternoon, negatively impacting all of western Taiwan, reported WeatherRisk. Air quality is expected to worsen significantly by the afternoon, particularly in northern coastal areas.
An orange warning for air that is unhealthy for sensitive groups was issued at 32 stations in Taiwan today. According to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), a dust storm in China has combined with a northeast monsoon to coat the Shandong Peninsula with PM10 pollution.
Jinan recorded a PM10 reading of 400 micrograms per cubic meter, while over the past 24 hours, Shanghai has seen its PM2.5 levels range between 70 and 130 micrograms per cubic meter. Due to the increased strength of a northeast monsoon and poor dispersal conditions, air pollutants began accumulating throughout western Taiwan triggering orange alerts at 32 stations.