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Heavy rain could last until Monday

2012/05/27 15:40:06

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Parts of Taiwan could see heavy rain over the next two days with the arrival of a front late Saturday night, the Central Weather Bureau said Sunday.

The bureau said heavy rain could fall in parts of northern, central, southern and northeastern Taiwan.

It cautioned people in these areas to be prepared for sudden downpours, lightning, strong winds and rising river water levels, as well as flooding in low-lying areas.

Areas around Taiwan could still see showers on Tuesday, with heavier rain more likely in central and southern Taiwan as the front moves south toward the Bashi Channel, said the bureau.

Intermittent rain could still persist in the southern and eastern part of the country on Wednesday, while areas north of central Taiwan can expect to see better weather with only afternoon showers, it said.

However, the arrival of another front on Thursday is expected to again bring showers or thunderstorms to areas around Taiwan, said the bureau, estimating that effects from the front could last until Saturday.

The cloudy and rainy weather has also caused temperatures to drop slightly around the country, with high temperatures standing at 28 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and 30 to 31 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.

The bureau predicted temperatures could reach a high of 31 to 32 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday, when there is expected to be less rain compared to past days.

Temperatures on Monday are expected to reach a high of 28 degrees in northern Taiwan, 29 to 30 degrees in central and southern Taiwan and 28 to 30 degrees in the eastern part of the country.

(By Christie Chen)