Weekend temperatures could dip to 6 degrees in parts of Taiwan

Taipei-A cold surge set to hit Taiwan this weekend could send temperatures plummeting to as low as 6 degrees Celsius in parts of Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) warned Tuesday.

In the early hours of Tuesday, temperatures fell to as low as 10-12 degrees in areas north of Tainan and to 13-15 degrees in Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Hualien and Taitung due to a strong continental air mass, the bureau said.

On Taiwan's highest peak of Yushan, snow began to fall at 3:30 a.m. as the mercury dropped to 2-3 degrees below zero, with 2 centimeters of snow recorded as of 5:20 a.m., CWB data showed.

The cold air mass is expected to weaken slightly during the daytime, when temperatures are forecast to rise to 14-15 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, 17-19 degrees in central Taiwan and in Hualien and Taitung in the east, and 19-22 degrees in the south, the bureau said.

A stronger continental air mass, however, will arrive in Taiwan late Wednesday and intensify to reach the level of a cold surge by Saturday, according to the CWB.

Between Saturday and next Monday, the mercury is likely to nosedive to 8 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, and 10-12 degrees in southern Taiwan and in Hualien and Taitung, at night and during early morning hours, the bureau said.

In coastal and rural areas, temperatures could dip even lower to 6 degrees, it said.

During that period, daytime temperatures will hover around 11-13 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, 15-16 degrees in central Taiwan and in Hualien and Taitung, and 20-22 degrees in southern Taiwan, the CWB said.

As moisture continues to move into Taiwan from south China, it will remain rainy in northern and eastern Taiwan on Tuesday, particularly on the northern coast and the mountainous areas of Taipei, New Taipei and Yilan, the bureau said.

The wet weather is forecast to ease starting Friday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel