Taipei--A strong cold front that moved into Taiwan Thursday sent the nighttime temperature plunging to 6.7 degrees Celsius in Tamsui, New Taipei, the lowest on record so far this winter in the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Friday.
Since the arrival of the cold front Thursday morning, 18 weather stations in low-lying areas around Taiwan have recorded temperatures that are the lowest since winter began late last year, the CWB said.
Among them was Tamsui, where the mercury dropped to 6.7 degrees at 9:07 p.m. Thursday, the bureau said.
It said cold temperatures will prevail throughout most of the island until Monday, although sunny skies can be expected.
The bureau also issued a cold-weather warning for 18 areas. The low temperature warning excluded Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County in the south of the island, Taitung County on the east coast and the offshore Penghu County.
On Friday and Saturday, single-digit temperatures are forecast for central and northern Taiwan and in the eastern county of Yilan County, while lows of 12-13 degrees can be expected in southern Taiwan and in Hualien and Taitung counties on the east coast, according to the CWB.
It projected daytime highs of 13-15 degrees in northern Taiwan, 17-18 degrees in Hualien and Taitung, and 19-23 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the Taoyuan City Fire Department has reported seven deaths between Thursday and Friday morning that were believed to have been caused by the cold weather, although there has been no medical confirmation yet.
The seven people, aged 41 to 94, were declared dead on arrival at hospitals in the northern city, said the fire department, warning of the risk of low nighttime temperatures especially for people with cardiovascular diseases.
In New Taipei, also in northern Taiwan, two deaths reported Friday were also believed to be linked to the cold weather.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel