CWB issues cold, rain and wind alerts for counties, cities

Taipei--The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Friday issued rain, wind and low temperature warnings for counties and cities around Taiwan, as the arrival of a strong cold air mass from China brought unstable weather to the country.

The bureau issued a low temperature warning for Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung and Hsinchu cities and Miaoli, Hsinchu, Lienchiang and Kinmen counties, urging the public to keep warm.

A heavy rain alert was issued for Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung cities and Yilan county, while a strong wind alert was issued for all counties and cities, except Taipei, Kaohsiung and Chiayi cities and Nantou county.

The bureau said the weather would be chilly across Taiwan on Friday, with temperatures forecast to drop to as low as 10 degrees Celsius in coastal areas north of Miaoli, Keelung on the north coast and the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu.

Lows are expected to hover between 15 and 17 degrees in southern and eastern Taiwan, with rain likely to make the weather feel even colder, the bureau said.

It cautioned farmers to take measures to protect their crops, fish and animals against the weather and warned the public to ensure rooms are well ventilated when using gas appliances and water heaters.

The chilly weather is forecast to last until Feb. 28.

Meanwhile, as of 11 a.m. on Friday, the air quality index flashed orange in many areas of Kaohsiung and Pingtung, yellow in much of central and southern Taiwan and green in most the other areas along the west coast.

Orange indicates the air quality is "unhealthy for sensitive groups;" yellow signals "moderate" air quality; and green "good" air quality.

The EPA's air quality index takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentration in the air.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel