Cold air mass to send mercury plunging Tuesday: weather bureau

The sunshine and balmy temperatures Taiwan has enjoyed over the past two days are forecast to give way to much colder weather on Tuesday, when a cold air mass arrives, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday.

While highs on Monday could hit 27-29 degrees islandwide, the approaching cold air mass is expected to send temperatures down by 10 degrees Celsius to about 19 degrees in northern Taiwan on Tuesday, forecasters said.

Central and southern areas could see highs of 22 and 24 degrees, respectively, bureau data showed.

However, northern and central Taiwan can expect lows of 14-16 degrees and southern areas 18 degrees, according to the bureau.

Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, added that the effects of the cold air mass, which could reach its strongest on Wednesday, will continue until Friday.

After that, the weather is forecast to warm up over the New Year's Day holiday weekend, he said.

Rain is likely across the country from Tuesday to Thursday, Wu said, but added there is little chance of snow in mountainous areas because the it was unlikely to be cold enough.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel