Weather forecast to turn cooler on Sunday: CWB

The weather around Taiwan will remain mild and warm through Saturday before turning cooler on Sunday, with seasonal northeasterly winds strengthening and bringing occasional showers to eastern and northern Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.

With seasonal winds shifting in a east-southeasterly direction, dry and warm weather continued throughout the country on Thursday, with lows of 17 to 21 degrees Celsius recorded in the early morning, according to the bureau.

Daytime highs on Thursday are expected to reach 27 to 28 degrees in western Taiwan and 25 to 27 degrees in eastern areas, the CWB said, adding that this warm weather pattern will last into Saturday.

Temperatures should start falling on Sunday as seasonal northeasterly winds strengthen, sending highs in northern Taiwan down to 22 degrees, it said.

Occasional showers are likely in parts of eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas in the north on Sunday, while other parts of the country could see cloudy skies, according to the bureau.

With the arrival of strong seasonal winds from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, northern and northeastern Taiwan are expected to see highs of 19 to 21 degrees, with 23 to 25 degrees forecast for central and southern areas.

During that period, temperatures could fall to 14 degrees in coastal areas of northern Taiwan and 17 degrees in southern and southeastern areas, though the weather system will not quite reach the standard for a cold air mass, the bureau said.

In addition, a stable atmosphere combined with low wind speeds means that poor quality air is forecast in western Taiwan throughout Thursday, according to Cheng Ming-dean (???), director of the bureau's Weather Forecast Center.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel