Mercury forecast to fall to 9 degrees Celsius Thursday, early Friday

Taipei-Temperature lows of around 9 degrees Celsius are expected in areas north of Tainan in western Taiwan as well as Yilan and Hualien counties in the east from Thursday night to Friday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Due to the radiative cooling effect and an ongoing strong cold air mass, lows of 9-11 degrees are expected in those areas from late Thursday to early Friday morning, while the mercury will drop to 13-14 degrees in the rest of the country, CWB forecaster Chang Cheng-chuan (???) told CNA.

The weather will gradually become warmer during Friday, with highs of 20 degrees expected in northern and eastern parts of Taiwan and 23-24 degrees in central and southern areas, Chang said.

On Saturday and Sunday, temperatures are forecast to reach 25-26 degrees in the north, with sharp falls in the early morning and at night, he said.

The weather will be sunny or cloudy across Taiwan on Monday, but turn rainy from Tuesday to Thursday in eastern parts of the country and on the Hengchun Peninsular in the south, with a tropical storm expected to reach the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, the CWB said late Thursday that a tropical depression has developed into a tropical storm named Dujuan, in waters off the east coast of the Philippines, the first storm in the North-West Pacific this year.

Chang forecast that Dujuan will pass across the Philippines, and start moving in a west-northwesterly direction before reaching the South China Sea on Feb. 23, bringing brief showers to eastern Taiwan between Feb. 23 and 25.

According to CWB data, tropical storms rarely form in the North-West Pacific in February, with only eight forming in the region during that period over the past 40 years.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel