Taipei--With the arrival of summer in Taiwan, hundreds of people have been suffering heat-related illnesses, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Sunday.
Since the start of June, 318 cases of heat-related illness have been reported across the country, with 80 of them occurring between June 22 and 24, according to statistics from the ministry.
Temperatures have been soaring in Taiwan in recent days, reaching as high as 38.2 degrees Celsius shortly after noon Saturday in Dawu Township in Taitung County, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data showed.
The high temperature was attributed to Foehn winds, a type of dry, warm, down-slope wind that occurs in Dawu, which is on the eastern side of the Central Mountain Range.
On Saturday, a man was found dead on a beach in Dawu, apparently of heat stroke.
The second highest temperature so far this year in Taiwan was 38 degrees, also in Dawu, and was recorded on June 22.
Shortly before noon on Sunday, the Foehn wind phenomenon sent temperatures in Dawu soaring to 36.5 degrees.
The CWB has forecast highs of around 36 degrees in northern Taiwan on Monday, after which temperatures across the country are expected to drop somewhat.
Pauling Chu (???), head of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Heat Stroke at Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei, has advised that people stay alert against dehydration, dizziness, headaches and nausea, which may indicate heat exhaustion.
When a person's rectal temperature reaches 40 degrees, they are deemed to be suffering from heat stroke, Chu told CNA. Chu said people should drink water every 20 to 30 minutes and remember that the first three hours are critical for saving the life of someone suffering from heat stroke.