Cold, dry spell to prevail Friday followed by warmer weather: CWB

Taipei-The weather in Taiwan will remain cold and dry Friday but will warm up over the weekend as the current cold surge weakens, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

As the cold surge continued to grip the country, the mercury fell in Tamsui, New Taipei to 6 degrees Celsius at 4:06 a.m., the lowest temperature recorded in a low-lying area this winter.

In Banqiao, another New Taipei district, and in Chiayi City, lows of 7 degrees and 6.1 degrees, respectively, were recorded at 4:33 a.m. and 6:39 a.m.

Meanwhile, at high elevations, temperatures dipped to minus 13.5 degrees on Jade Mountain and to minus 2.3 degrees on Alishan, but there was no snow because of scant moisture in the air, the CWB said.

Daytime temperatures are forecast at 14-15 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, 18-23 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, and 17-20 degrees in Hualien and Taitung in the east, according to CWB forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (???).

He said that by nightfall, the mercury will drop to about 10 degrees throughout the country.

According to Daniel Wu (???), an independent meteorologist and adjunct professor at National Central University, temperatures in areas north of Tainan and in Yilan will dip Friday night to the lowest this winter, dropping to 6-7 degrees in some areas.

On Saturday, however, the cold surge that has gripped Taiwan for most of the week will begin to weaken and daytime temperatures will rise, Hsu said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel