Mercury forecast to fall later Tuesday; downpours expected

Taipei, Temperatures around Taiwan are expected to fall Tuesday as a weather front and air mass approach, and heavy rain is also forecast around the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said highs in northern and central Taiwan are expected to fall about 10 degrees from Monday to around 20 degrees Celsius, while highs in southern and eastern Taiwan as well are likely to fall to 25-28 degrees, down 3-5 degrees from a day earlier.

As of 10:20 a.m., the lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan on Tuesday was 16.9 degrees in Xinwu District in Taoyuan, the CWB said, noting that temperatures are still falling.

An air mass is expected to follow the weather front later in the day to push temperatures down further to 12-14 degrees in northern and central Taiwan and 14 degrees in the southern part the country, the CWB said.

The weather front was also bringing downpours to Taiwan on Tuesday, the CWB said.

Tainan experienced heavy rain at around 6 a.m., with Annan District getting 49mm of rain per hour, the most rainfall recorded anywhere on Taiwan on Tuesday morning, the CWB said.

The rain in the southern city was fading later in the morning and was expected to dry up on Wednesday as drier air moves in, the bureau said.

There was a 70-100 percent chance of rain in western Taiwan, a 60 percent chance of rain in Yilan and Hualien counties and a 30 percent chance of rain in Taitung County on Tuesday, the CWB said.

Thunderstorms and strong winds are also possible, in particular in northern and central Taiwan, the CWB said.

The bureau said the impact of cooler air from the incoming air mass is expected to become more obvious between Tuesday night and Friday, with lows expected to fall to 11-13 degrees in Taiwan during the period.

The CWB also warned of sharp fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures in the upcoming days.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel