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Mercury forecast to dip as low as 13 degrees in northern Taiwan

2018/12/12 11:28:56

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) With the strength of the northeast monsoon intensifying, temperatures in northern Taiwan are forecast to fall as low as 13 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said the wind system is expected to bring rain to northern Taiwan and Yilan in the east, with temperatures ranging from 13 to 14 degrees at night Wednesday, while the mercury in central and southern areas is expected to range from 17 to 19 degrees.

The daytime temperature in northern and eastern Taiwan is likely to hit 17-19 degrees, while highs in central and southern parts of the country are forecast to reach 24-28 degrees, the CWB said.

While cloudy to sunny skies are expected in central and southern areas on Wednesday, the CWB said occasional showers are possible in mountainous areas.

Due to the wide day-night temperature differential, in particular in central and southern Taiwan, the bureau urged the public to keep warm.

The lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan early Wednesday morning was recorded at 14.2 degrees by the CWB's Tamsui monitoring station, while 15-16 degrees was recorded at stations in Taipei, Banqiao in New Taipei, Xinwu and Hsinchu in Taoyuan, Wuqi in Taichung, Tainan and Suao, according to the bureau.

The CWB said strong winds are expected in coastal areas and low-lying areas around Taiwan as well as the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu islands, adding fishing boats or people engaged in water activities should remain vigilant over the possibility of big waves throughout the day.

The same cool weather pattern is expected to continue into Friday before temperatures are forecast to recover on Saturday, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, the air quality in northern Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, is expected to be good to fair on Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an "orange alert" in some parts in Yunlin, Chiayi,and Tainan as well as Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

Even worse, the air quality in some areas of Kaohsiung and Pingtung was unhealthy for the general public with the AQI flashing a "red alert," the EPA's monitoring network showed.

(By Weng Su-ping and Frances Huang)