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Heavy rainfall expected next week: weather bureau

2012/06/08 16:09:43

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) A strong weather front accompanied by increasing southwesterly winds could bring Taiwan its heaviest precipitation next week since the plum rain season began in May,theCentral Weather Bureau said Friday.

Torrential rain with hourly precipitation of over 200 mm is likely in western and northeastern Taiwan June 12-14, when the frontal system passes over Taiwan, the bureau said.

With the strength of seasonal wind from the southwest also expected to reach a peak at the same time, the bureau warned, the unstable weather conditions could cause substantial flooding.

"We could be facing a weather pattern with the strongest potential for rain since the plum rain season started," said Cheng Ming-dean, director of the bureau’s weather forecast center.

The rain, however, could help bring down temperatures across the island to below 30 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

The highest temperature that day was recorded in Dawu Township in Taitung County, eastern Taiwan, at 35.1 degrees.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)