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Rain forecast to bring down mercury on Wednesday

2018/06/13 10:44:57

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) A weather front and southwesterly air flows will bring rain and push daytime temperatures lower on Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Chen Chien-an (陳建安) said the rain is likely to start in southern Taiwan on Wednesday morning, with the southeastern part of the country, including Green Island, expected to be hit hardest.

As the weather system and southwesterly flows move toward northern Taiwan, the rain is expected to gain intensity there, in particular in the afternoon and at night, Chen said.

People around Taiwan could encounter heavy rain or extremely heavy rain as the day goes on, Chen said.

Heavy rain means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm of rainfall in one hour, while extreme heavy rain refers to more than 200mm in 24 hours or accumulated rainfall of more than 100mm in three hours.

Daytime highs in northern Taiwan could fall to 32 degrees Celsius on Wednesday from 35 degrees a day earlier, while highs in central and southern parts of the country are forecast to drop to 33 degrees from 34-35 degrees, Chen said.

Because of the unstable weather conditions, Chen urged people to avoid outdoor activities in mountainous and coastal areas and to be alert to the possibility of thundershowers.

Chen said heavier rain is expected for Thursday and continue until June 19, and daytime highs will fall further to 28-29 degrees in the north and 29-30 degrees in central and southern Taiwan on Thursday.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)