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Seasonal winds could bring torrential rain to parts of Taiwan: CWB

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Seasonal winds could bring torrential rain to parts of Taiwan: CWB

Taipei, July 25 (CNA) Seasonal winds from the southwest could introduce extremely heavy rain to areas south of Miaoli County, while northern Taiwan could experience scorching temperature on Sunday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) cautioned.

Areas south of Miaoli could face a direct hit from the winds and see downpours, while cloudy to sunny skies are expected in northern and eastern Taiwan, with afternoon thunderstorms likely in mountainous areas, the bureau said.

Temperature-wise, daytime highs could hit 34-36 degrees Celsius across the island, with the Greater Taipei area, Yilan in northeastern Taiwan and outlying Kinmen County likely to see even higher temperatures.

There are also chances of Foehn winds -- warm and dry gusts that descend from the sheltered side of mountains into valleys -- that could send the mercury to over 38 degrees Celsius in parts of Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan, the CWB warned.

Meanwhile, Typhoon In-Fa, which was centered 470 kilometers north-northeast of Taipei as of 2 a.m., is continuing to move away from Taiwan to Zhejiang Province in eastern China, forecasters said.

However, the bureau cautioned that strong waves are still possible in northern, eastern, and southern Taiwan as well as outlying counties due to the typhoon's impact.

Also, Tropical Storm Nepartak, which was centered 2,930 kilometers east of Taipei as of 2 a.m., is moving towards waters east of Japan and poses no direct threat to Taiwan, the CWB said.

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