Cold front arrives in Taiwan, sending mercury down

A cold front arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night causing temperatures in northern and northeastern parts of the country to drop and is expected to bring intermittent showers to those areas and the offshore island county of Matsu, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said on Wednesday.

The bureau forecast daytime highs in northern Taiwan of 18-20 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, dropping to as low as 13 degrees on Thursday and Friday.

Other areas will remain warm on Wednesday, with highs of 23-24 degrees forecast for central Taiwan as well as Hualien and Taitung, while 25-27 degrees is forecast for southern Taiwan before the weather turns chilly later in the day, the CWB said.

The effects from the cold front will be most noticeable late on Wednesday and bring occasional rain to northern Taiwan, Hualien and Taitung as well as mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan, while other areas and the offshore islands of Penghu and Kinmen will be largely cloudy, according to the CWB.

From Wednesday night temperatures could drop to 15 degrees in the north and Yilan in the northeast, with a low of 18 degrees in the south, Hualien and Taitung at night, the CWB said, adding that residents in those areas should stay warm and be mindful of sharp fluctuations in temperature.

The effects will last until Saturday morning when the cold front is forecast to weaken and temperatures rebound, it said.

Despite the low temperature, there is little chance of snow in mountainous areas, said Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University.

In addition, air pollutants brought by the cold front will increase air pollution in Hsinchu, Miaoli and other areas of northern Taiwan, Yilan and the offshore islands, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

Given the poor air quality, the EPA reminded residents to wear face masks when outdoors in those areas and said that individuals who suffer from heart, respiratory or cardiovascular ailments and the elderly should avoid outdoor physical exertion.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel