The Central Weather Bureau says it will be a hot weekend ahead with forecasts of 36-38 degrees in 18 municipalities.
Temperatures have soared to 35 degrees in Chiayi in recent days, and the fire department has sent two scooter drivers that suffered some kind of heat-related accident to the hospital.
Chen Chih-ming, Chiayi Firefighter: “The driver was near Honoki Village when they crashed into the refuge island. When we arrived on the scene, he was sitting on the refuge island.”
Kao Wei-feng, Emergency Medicine Doctor, Taipei Hospital: “People often develop symptoms before the onset of a heat stroke. For example, they may experience dry mouth, nausea, headache or dizziness. Their body temperature will often be between 37 and 40 degrees.”
According to statistics, 444 cases of heat illness were reported in the first three weeks of this month. Only 423 cases were reported in the entire month of July last year. At 12:01 a.m., temperatures in Taipei were 30.6 degrees and 30.3 degrees in Tainan's Yongkang. The Central Weather Bureau says the hot, muggy weather could send temperatures up to the 33-37 degree range and up to 38 degrees in Taipei, Yilan, Hualien and the East Rift Valley.
Lin Bing-yu, Meteorological Section Chief, CWB: “The black lines represent high pressure systems over Taiwan. So, the heat is not going to dissipate and Taiwan will be hotter.”
The bureau says temperatures could hit 36-38 degrees in 18 municipalities over the weekend. Hsinchu City is not among the 18. The apparent temperature in Taipei, meanwhile, could rise even further to 42-43 degrees on the 25th.