Cold spell forecast to continue into next week

Taipei-A cold spell that started Monday is likely to last for more than a week, with a low of 8 degrees Celsius expected in parts of Taiwan this coming weekend, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

With the arrival of a strong continental air mass, temperatures dipped to 11-14 degrees in Yilan and areas north of Tainan early Monday.

The CWB said daytime temperatures were expected to remain at around 12-14 degrees throughout the day in northern Taiwan and below 18 degrees in the rest of the country, except in Kaohsiung and Pingtung.

The cold air mass will be strongest between late Monday and early Tuesday, when the mercury is likely to fall to 11-12 degrees in central, northern and northeastern Taiwan, and 13-14 degrees in other regions, according to the CWB.

Another strong continental air mass will arrive in Taiwan late Wednesday and linger at least until Feb. 4, the bureau said.

There is a chance the air mass will be upgraded to a cold surge between Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, which will send the mercury plunging to 8-9 degrees in central, northern and northeastern Taiwan, and 10-13 degrees in southern Taiwan and in Hualien and Taitung in the east, the bureau said.

A cloud system moving in from southern China, meanwhile, will bring rain to northern and eastern Taiwan for most of this week, but the wet weather will ease from Thursday, the CWB said.

Snow is expected at high elevations of over 3,000 meters in the next few days, the bureau said, adding that on Feb. 3 and 4, snowfalls might occur as far down the mountains as 2,000 meters.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel