Taiwan sees hottest month on record
Courtesy of ICRT
The Central Weather Bureau says Taiwan experienced the hottest May since records began in 1947 with an average temperature of 27.8 degrees.
The bureau is attributing last month's warm weather to global warming.
The average temperature in May was 1.8 degrees above average and the average temperature from 1 May through 27 June was the second hottest on record at 28.06 degrees, 1.08 degrees above average.
Taiwan recorded total rainfall of 44.71 centimetres during the rainy season this year, which was 91.3% of the normal figure.
According to the weather bureau's forecast centre, people here in Taiwan should brace for a hot summer with "normal" rainfall between July and September.
In related news, the Central Weather Bureau says three or four tropical storms are likely to make landfall in Taiwan in the second half of this year. That has been the average annual number in recent years.
According to the bureau's forecast centre, temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are indicating that the cooling effects of the weather phenomenon known as La Nina, has ended its latest cycle, which means temperatures will rise in the region.
And because of that, some 20 to 25 tropical storms are likely to form in the North-western Pacific from now through December, and three or four of them are expected to hit Taiwan.
Five tropical low pressure systems in the West Pacific have developed into tropical storms so far this year, slightly above the average 4.3 for the first six months of the year.