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Heavy rain forecast islandwide until weekend

2012/05/03 18:15:10

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Torrential downpours are expected across the island over the next few days as the first plum rains of the season arrive, the Central Weather Bureau said Thursday.

Rain has been falling heavily throughout Taiwan since a frontal system moved in Wednesday, with Kaohsiung and Pingtung countiesin southern Taiwan recording precipitation of more than 130 millimeters during the past 24 hours, the bureau said.

The heavy rains are likely to continue across the island until Saturday, when the weather will become more stable as the front leaves, the weather bureau forecast.

Starting next week, cloudy skies with afternoon thundershowers can be expected in northern and central Taiwan, while daily temperatures will average 30 degrees Celsius islandwide, the bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)