Cloudy skies, rain forecast for Saturday

Taipei-Saturday's weather continues the rainy trend from Friday, with the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecasting cloudy skies with chances of rain throughout Taiwan.

Daytime highs in northern Taiwan are expected to range between 19-21 degrees Celsius, with lows dipping to 16-18 degrees during the late night and early morning, CWB forecaster Chen Yi-hsiu (???) said.

Meanwhile, daytime highs in central and southern Taiwan, as well as Hualien and Taitung in the east, are forecast to be between 23-25 degrees, with lows reaching 17-19 degrees, Chen said.

Rain in northern Taiwan will persist until Tuesday, with chances of thunderstorm in the region.

Starting next Monday, the strongest cold air mass of this winter will hit Taiwan, causing temperatures in the north to hit a 10-degree low while in the coastal regions, they are forecast to dip to 8 degrees, she said.

According to Cheng Ming-dean (???), director of the bureau's Meteorological Research and Development Center, Taiwan will be hit by the impact of the cold air mass, which is actually the accumulation of two air masses, for a prolonged period of time.

That said, the weather is forecast to turn dry starting Wednesday, offering chances of sunlight during the daytime, Cheng noted.

Temperatures will rise once the cold air mass weakens around the end of next week on Jan. 13, according to the CWB.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel