Cold spell blanketing Taiwan

Taipei-A strong cold air mass that has blanketed Taiwan since Saturday brought down temperatures in the early hours of Sunday and is expected to last through Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Lows of 11.3 and 11.5 degrees Celsius were observed in New Taipei City's Danshui area and Yilan County's Su'ao, respectively, Sunday morning, both of which were the lowest records detected on Taiwan proper this winter, bureau data showed.

On Matsu Island, the mercury fell to 7.3 degrees, which was also a new low recorded at the local weather station this winter.

On Sunday, daytime highs in northern Taiwan will likely hit 15 degrees and 18 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, bureau forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (???) said. Temperatures will slightly rise by one or two degrees Monday before they drop again Tuesday with greater moisture, he added.

On Wednesday, a new wave of stronger and dry cold air will approach Taiwan, and is expected to bring the mercury down to 11 degrees in flat coastal areas before temperatures rebound on Friday, Hsu said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel