Warmer temperatures expected Friday

Taipei--Cold weather will persist in Taiwan throughout Thursday as a cold air mass from China continues to affect the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said, adding that temperatures will rise on Friday.

Temperatures around Taiwan will remain low through Thursday, with showers expected in parts of northern and eastern Taiwan, the CWB said.

The mercury reached a low of 13.9 degrees Celsius in New Taipei's Tamsui early Thursday, 14.3 degrees in Yilan County's Su'ao Township and 14.5 degrees in Keelung, according to CWB data.

Beginning Friday, the mercury is expected to rise as the cold air mass weakens, with most areas seeing cloudy to sunny skies, the bureau said.

Highs on Friday could reach 21 to 23 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 24 to 26 degrees in central and eastern Taiwan and 25 to 27 degrees in the southern and southeastern parts of the country, according to the CWB.

The bureau, however, alerted residents in central and southern Taiwan of big temperature fluctuations between daytime and nighttime hours.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, strengthening northeasterly winds could bring temperatures down again in northern and northeastern Taiwan, the CWB said.

Temperatures are forecast to rise again from Feb. 8.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel