Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Three or four tropical storms are likely to hit Taiwan in the second half of the year, the average annual number over the past few years, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.
Speaking at a virtual press conference, Lu Kuo-chen (Director), director of the Weather Forecast Center, said that temperatures in the Pacific Ocean suggest that the cooling effects of the weather phenomenon known as La Niña have ended its most recent cycle, which means that temperatures in the area will rise.
With that in mind, 20-25 tropical storms are expected to form in the northwest Pacific from June to December, and three or four are expected to hit Taiwan, Lu said, citing CWB projections.
So far this year, five tropical low pressure systems in the Western Pacific have developed into tropical storms, slightly above the 4.3 average for the first six months of the year, CWB data showed.
The impact of the recent La Niña phenomenon lasted from around August 2020 to May of this year, cooling sea surface temperatures along the equator in the Pacific Ocean by around 3-5 degrees Celsius, slowing the formation of tropical storms in the region, according to meteorologists.