Heavy rain warning issued for northern, northeastern Taiwan

Taipei, Northern and northeastern Taiwan should brace for heavy rain on Wednesday as northeasterly winds affecting the island intensify, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Kuan Hsin-ping (???) said the bureau has issued a heavy rain alert for Keelung, the northeastern coastal area, and mountainous areas in Taipei, New Taipei and Yilan.

She said the coverage of the heavy rain warning is expected to expand later in the day as northeasterly winds get stronger and the effects of thick cloud cover become more obvious.

According to the CWB, a heavy rain warning means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour.

Elsewhere, Kuan said heavy rain is unlikely but sporadic showers are possible in mountainous areas in eastern, central and southeastern Taiwan during the day.

Due to the rainfall, daytime temperatures Wednesday are expected to fall to 22-24 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan from about 28 degrees a day earlier but will remain little changed at 30-31 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, Kuan said.

Kuan said temperatures are expected to fall to 19-20 degrees in northern Taiwan and to 21-23 in the central and southern parts of the country Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

According to the CWB, the lowest temperature in Taiwan early Wednesday morning was recorded in Tamsui at 19.7 degrees.

Kuan said such a weather pattern is expected to continue until Saturday, when northeasterly winds are forecast to weaken with sunny skies likely to appear to boost temperatures.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel