Extremely heavy downpour expected around Taiwan

Taipei--With a weather front hovering over Taiwan and southwesterly airstream in the air, most counties and cities in Taiwan will continue to get extremely heavy rain on Sunday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

Earlier the weather bureau released heavy or torrential rain advisories to 19 out of 22 cities and counties of the country.

Those receiving a torrential rain advisory include: Taichung City, Nantou County, Chiayi County, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County.

Keelung City, New Taipei, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinshu County, Hsinchu Hsinchu County and City, Miaoli County, Taichung, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County and City, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung County were advised to take precautions against extremely heavy rain.

The public should be alert to sudden downpours, thunder, strong gusts and river flooding Sunday, the CWB said.

After heavy downpour died down in the early hours of Sunday, it could regain strength in the places north of central Taiwan the rest of the day until nightfall, as the wet weather front was moving back to the north from the south, the CWB said.

On Sunday, the temperatures could reach as high as 25-28 degrees Celsius in the northern areas, as well as in the eastern counties of Yilan and Hualien. The highs in the central and southern areas and Taitung County could rise to 29-32 degrees, according to the CWB forecast.

Heavy downpour slammed Taiwan over the past two days, triggering massive flooding and causing casualties and substantial property losses.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, two people had been killed, five had been injured and one was still missing after heavy rain began to drench Taiwan a day earlier, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

CWB data shows that as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Kaohsiung's Taoyuan District has received over 600 millimeters of precipitation, while Namasia District got 500 mm.

The amount of precipitation in Ren'ai Township of Nantou County and Alishan of Chiayi County has both surpassed 400 mm, according to the data.

Meteorologist Wu Der-rong (???) expected the wet weather will continue until Tuesday when the front departs Taiwan.

From next Tuesday to Thursday, Taiwan will be under a warm air mass with a mostly cloud sky, Wu predicted. During that period, the temperature could reach 34 degrees in western Taiwan, he said.

According to the CWB's definition, heavy rain means accumulated rainfall of 80 mm or more within 24 hours, or 40 mm or more within one hour. Extremely heavy rain is defined as accumulated rainfall of 200 mm or more over a 24-hour period, or 100 mm or more within three hours.

The CWB defines torrential rain as accumulated rainfall of 350 mm or more within 24 hours, while extremely torrential rain means accumulated rainfall of 500 mm or more over a 24-hour period.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel