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Cold surge continues to grip Taiwan

2018/02/04 12:18:18

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) The strongest cold surge of the winter is continuing its grip on Taiwan, with low temperatures ranging from 7-10 degrees Celsius and scattered rain expected in northern Taiwan for the entire day Sunday, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Meanwhile, there is a chance of snowfall at elevations over 1,000 meters in northern Taiwan and over 2,000 meters around the island, according to CWB forecaster Li Meng-hsuan (李孟軒).

The current cold wave dropped temperatures in northern Taiwan to around 7-10 degrees Sunday and the low temperatures will continue in the region for the entire day.

Lows of 8-9 degrees were also detected in areas from Taichung in central Taiwan to Tainan in the south, 11-13 degrees in Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan, as well as Hualien and Taitung in the east early Sunday, according to Li.

Daytime highs are expected to rise only slightly to 13-14 degrees in central Taiwan and 15-16 degrees in the south, Lee added.

With abundant moisture, rain is expected in northern and northeastern Taiwan for the entire day, while Hualien and Taitung as well as central Taiwan can expect intermittent showers.

Meanwhile, the cold wave also continued bringing snow to Yushan, Taiwan's highest peak, while on Taipingshan mountain in Yilan County, snow accumulation reached up to 8 cm Sunday morning, Li said, adding that snow can be expected atop Datun Mountain in Taipei if the weather conditions are right.

Snowfall was also recorded in Yilan's Nanshan at elevations above 1,200 meters, according to local residents.

The current cold surge will continue impacting Taiwan until Wednesday, but even after temperatures rise, rain is expected to persist until Friday, according to Li.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)