Rain forecast in northern, northeastern Taiwan on Friday

Northern and northeastern Taiwan will continue to be drenched with rain Friday due to a weather pattern dominated by northeasterly winds, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has forecast.

More rain is also in the forecast for many parts of Taiwan early next week due to a newly formed typhoon.

Mountainous areas along Taiwan's northern coast, in Yilan County and in Greater Taipei will likely see occasional downpours or extremely heavy rain because of their locations, the bureau said.

It also forecast occasional showers in parts of eastern and southeastern Taiwan, and cloudy skies with occasional showers in mountainous parts of central and southern Taiwan.

Given the persistent rain, the weather bureau reminded people in mountainous areas to be aware of possible landslides and falling rocks, and it advised people to avoid activities in the mountains or along riverbanks.

With Taiwan under the influence of northeasterly winds, temperatures will hit a high of 26 to 28 degrees Celsius in the north and northeast and 29 to 32 degrees in other parts of the island. Lows are forecast to hit 23 to 24 degrees.

As for the newly formed typhoon, Sarika, the CWB said the storm was not expected to directly affect Taiwan because it is moving in a southward direction.

Sarika, situated 1,180 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip at 2 a.m. Friday, will pass through Luzon Island of the Philippines into the South China Sea in the near future, the CWB forecast.

Although the typhoon is unlikely to affect Taiwan, cloud systems on the storm's periphery could trigger steady rainfall in eastern Taiwan and occasional showers in northern and southern parts of the island on Oct. 17 and 18, the weather bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel