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Cold spell sends mercury down to 9.2 degrees in Tamsui

2019/01/23 11:58:48

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) The strongest continental cold air mass to hit Taiwan this winter sent temperatures plummeting Wednesday morning, with nine weather monitoring stations in low-lying areas recording their lows for the season.

The monitoring station in Tamsui in New Taipei recorded a low of 9.2 degrees Celsius, the lowest temperature seen at any station in a low-lying area in Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The lows recorded in other parts of Taiwan were 11.9 degrees in Taipei, 10.1 degrees in Chiayi and Sun Moon Lake, 10.9 degrees in Yungkang District in Tainan and 11.1 degrees in Taichung, according to CWB data.

Daytime highs Wednesday are expected to remain below 20 degrees in northern Taiwan and Yilan and Hualien in the east but hit 23 degrees in central and southeastern Taiwan and 26 degrees in the south, the CWB forecast.

The mercury will likely dip to 10 degrees in coastal areas of the northern half of the country, 11-13 degrees in the north and northeast and 14-16 degrees in central and southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to the CWB.

Another continental cold air mass is expected to move south Saturday and bring moisture to Taiwan, with the northern and northeastern areas of the country likely to experience sporadic rain.

But the weather will gradually turn dry again on Jan. 28, CWB forecaster Liu Pei-teng (劉沛滕) said.

Meanwhile, the air quality in the southern part of Taiwan was generally poor Wednesday morning, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed an orange warning, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, or a red warning, meaning unhealthy air for the general public, at 25 monitoring stations in southern Taiwan and on the offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu as of 11 a.m., the monitoring network showed.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)