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With wind system fading, mercury forecast to rise Wednesday

2019/11/20 11:36

Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) With an on-going northeasterly wind system weakening, temperatures around Taiwan are expected to rise Wednesday and the weather become even warmer Thursday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB forecast daytime temperatures ranging from 20-24 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan Wednesday, compared with around 20 degrees a day earlier, while the temperature is forecast to hit 27 degrees and 29 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, respectively, up from 23 and 27 degrees on Tuesday.

Evidence of the weakening northeasterly wind system was also seen early morning Wednesday when the lowest temperatures in low-lying areas around Taiwan were recorded at 16.8 degrees by the CWB's Yilan and Su'ao monitoring stations, compared with 16.3 degrees at the Su'ao station on Tuesday, the bureau said.

While daytime temperatures are likely to rise, the CWB still warned of a large day-night temperature differential, in particular in central and southern Taiwan, urging people to keep warm at night.

According to the CWB, the nighttime temperature is expected to fall to 18 degrees in northern Taiwan, 19 degrees in central areas and 20 degrees in the south Wednesday.

Despite the slight recovery in temperatures, the wind system is also forecast to bring rain to northern and eastern Taiwan with sporadic showers possible, in particular in mountainous areas Wednesday, while cloudy to sunny skies are likely in central and southern areas, the CWB said.

The bureau said strong winds are expected on Wednesday in areas north of Tainan, eastern Taiwan, including Green Island and Orchid Island, Hengchun Peninsula in the south, and the outlying Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu islands.

In Keelung and other northeastern coastal areas, eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula, high waves are likely, the CWB said, advising caution.

As the wind system is expected to weaken further Thursday, the CWB said, daytime temperatures will rise to 23-27 degrees in northern Taiwan, 28-29 degrees in central Taiwan and 30 degrees in the south.

The CWB said a depression was upgraded to tropical storm Fung-Wong Wednesday morning, located 1,050 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, as of 8 a.m. and moving toward the Bashi Channel.

The CWB added the periphery of the storm is expected to bring rain to Taiwan over the upcoming few days.

(By Fang Pei-ching and Frances Huang)Enditem/AW