Record high temperatures for June has brought the risk of brownouts as Taiwan’s electricity grid strains to keep up with demand.
In Taipei, the weather bureau recorded 37.9 degrees Celsius at 12:54, marking the previous record temperature for June previously reached in 1954 and 2001. At 13:34, the temperature measured 38.2.
The municipal government instituted road sprinkling operations using recycled water to cool asphalt on city roads. Taipei City EPA said the asphalt can reach 50 degrees, and sprinkling can reduce the temperature by 10 degrees.
In Taitung (Taidong), the temperature at noon broke 38 degrees, measuring the highest temperature so far this year as foehn winds blasted hot air at the south-east coast. The Bureau of Agriculture urged farmers to try to cool crops, especially green, leafy vegetables.
Executive Yuan spokesman Tong Zhenyuan urged people to maintain air-conditioning temperatures at 26-28 degrees, and to wear lighter clothing to work and school to help reduce carbon emissions and the strain on the country’s electricity grid, which the past couple of days has reached critical levels, bringing the threat of brownouts as indicators flashed red and spare capacity came down to a level of 1.28%.