Rain to continue in eastern, southern Taiwan

Hualien and Taitung Counties in eastern Taiwan, as well as southern areas, will continue to receive occasional downpours or extremely heavy rain on Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

Rain in those areas will persist and could intensify during the day due to changes in wind direction from southeast to south, while Typhoon Haima is moving toward Guangdong Province in China, the CWB said.

The probability of rain on Friday is 80 percent in Hualien and Taitung, 50 percent in Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Pingtung and Yilan and 30 percent in other cities and areas, the CWB forecast.

Affected by southerly winds, the mercury will climb to as high as 32-33 degrees Celsius in western parts of Taiwan and about 30 degrees in the east, with a low of 25-26 degrees, the weather bureau predicted.

It also said that coastal areas, as well as the offshore islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu are likely to experience strong winds and big waves.

As of Friday morning, wave height has been observed as ranging from 2 meters to 8 meters along the coast of New Taipei, Yilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County, Pingtung County, Kaohsiung County, Tainan, Penghu County and Kinmen County, according to CWB data.

For the weather next week, Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, predicted in his daily weather forecast column that Taiwan will be affected by unseasonably hot weather from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 due to a Pacific high pressure system.

Wu also cited a European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts report saying that as the winds close to Taiwan divert south over the weekend, southern and southeastern areas will be prone to rain and the weather in other areas will be increasingly unstable, with a higher chance of precipitation.

From late Oct. 23 to the early morning of the next day, the weather will turn cooler due to the arrival of a frontal system, Wu predicted.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel