Heavy rain forecast in parts of southern Taiwan, Taitung

Taitung County and regions south of Chiayi are expected to experience prolonged rainfall Tuesday, with heavy downpours likely in certain areas, due to strengthened southwesterly winds and a moist low-pressure system moving north from the Bashi Channel, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

In northern Taiwan, brief periods of heavy rain may also occur, the bureau said.

It predicted that the weather will remain rainy during the remainder of the week, given that a cloud system from Southern China will approach Taiwan after the low-pressure system moves south Thursday.

Also Tuesday, a tropical depression located south of Japan's Okinawa strengthened to become a tropical storm, named Malou, at 8 a.m., according to the CWB.

Malou is forecast to continue to move northeast toward Japan and is not expected to affect Taiwan, the bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel