Cold air to send mercury down to 13 degrees: CWB

The first cold air mass this winter is expected to affect Taiwan from Tuesday to Saturday and bring temperatures in northern Taiwan down to as low as 13 degrees Celsius Thursday or Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, weather expert Wu Der-rong (???) said that chilly and wet weather is expected in the north Sunday, with northeast Taiwan, coastal areas of the north and the mountainous areas of greater Taipei likely to see significant rain.

There is also a chance of rain for some flatland areas of greater Taipei Sunday but it will gradually ease up later that day, Wu, a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said on the website of the Meteorological Application and Development Foundation.

The weather will be cool in the north and warm in central and southern Taiwan that day, he forecast.

However, temperatures will surge significantly on Monday and Tuesday after seasonal northeasterly winds weaken, with highs in northern Taiwan to climb to 26 degrees, while central and southern Taiwan will see 28-30 degrees over the two days, according to Wu.

The good weather will last until Tuesday night when a cold air mass approaches and sends the temperatures down to 14 degrees in Greater Taipei and 13 degrees in its coastal areas Wednesday night.

While the weather in central and southern Taiwan will be relatively warm, low temperatures of 13 degrees could be seen in some parts of central Taiwan in the early morning hours on Friday and Saturday, Wu said, adding that people in those areas should keep warm and be mindful of sharp fluctuations in daytime and nighttime temperatures.

The effects from the cold air mass can last until Saturday morning before the cold front weakens, leading temperatures to rebound by 2-4 degrees thereafter, according to the CWB.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel