Nice, warm weather forecast for first week of 2017

The weather around Taiwan on New Year's Day Sunday will be largely dry and cloudy with a few sunny intervals, but occasional rain is possible in some areas of the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

With a warm air mass continuing to move north, high temperatures around Taiwan on Sunday were expected to shoot up to above the summer-like level of 25 degrees Celsius, with western Taiwan hovering between 27-28 degrees, the bureau said.

However, people should keep warm and be mindful of sharp fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures, the bueaur added.

The bureau also forecast choppy waters in coastal areas of Orchid Island and Green Island and others areas of eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula in southern Taiwan's Pingtung county, advising people to avoid coastal activities.

In the coming week, the weather will be largely warm and fine, but with sharp fluctuations in temperature, according to Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University.

With a weakening cold front, low temperatures in most areas of Taiwan rose by one to two degrees on Sunday morning.

However, Chiayi recorded a low of 13.7 degrees Celsius in the morning, lower than the 14 degrees recorded on Saturday, according to Wu.

Under the influence of a warm air mass, in the week from Sunday to Jan. 7, the weather in Taiwan will be warm and balmy during the day and slightly cool in the early morning and at night, Wu said, citing the European Center for Medium range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) data.

During the week, highs of 26-28 degrees were forecast for western Taiwan, while eastern parts of the island are expected to see 24-27 degrees and mostly cloudy skies with occasional rain.

However, a gentle northeasterly wind which is expected to arrive on Tuesday could bring clouds and increase chances of rain to coastal and mountainous areas in northern Taiwan, driving high temperatures down by one to two degrees.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel