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Temperatures warm up in Taiwan on Saturday as cold surge weakens

2018/01/13 12:02:44

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) Daytime temperatures started to warm up on Saturday as the cold surge that has brought record lows to Taiwan this winter began to weaken, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Temperatures across the country are forecast to rise, with daytime highs expected to range between 16 and 17 degrees Celsius in northern and northeastern Taiwan, 18 and 19 degrees from Taichung to Tainan as well as Hualien in the east, and 20 and 22 degrees in Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Taitung, according to CWB forecaster Lin Po-tung (林柏東).

The warming trend will continue into Sunday, when highs throughout Taiwan are forecast to reach above 20 degrees, Lin added.

However, even with the weakening cold surge, temperatures in southern Taiwan's Chiayi dipped to a new low for low-lying areas this winter, with a record 4.7 degrees measured at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

According to Daniel Wu (吳德榮), an independent meteorologist and adjunct professor at National Central University, temperatures in the early hours on Sunday will also likely drop to below 10 degrees for areas north of Chiayi.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kuan-lin Liu)