Weather front forecast to bring heavy rainfall this week
Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Heavy rainfall is forecast across Taiwan this week, with the arrival of a weather system that is also expected to bring lower temperatures, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday.
The weather front, which is typical during the current plum rain season, was forecast to arrive early Tuesday morning as southwesterly winds strengthen, bringing extremely rainfall over the next few days, the CWB said.
Extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours, according to the CWB warning system.
On Monday, most of the rain will fall in western Taiwan due to moisture carried on the southwesterly winds, the CWB said.
Daytime temperatures around Taiwan will drop 2-3 degrees Celsius from the previous day to 32 degrees in northern Taiwan and 33 degrees in the central and southern areas, the CWB said.
In Taitung, including Green and Orchid islands, highs of 36 degrees are expected, the CWB said, issuing a "yellow" alert for high temperatures in the eastern county.
It also warned fishing boats near the Hengchun Peninsula in the south and the outlying Matsu island to be on the alert for strong southwesterly winds.
In Kinmen and Matsu islands, foggy conditions may cause low visibility, which could lead to disruptions of transportation schedules, the CWB said.
For the rest of the week, daytime temperatures are likely to hover around 27-28 degrees in northern Taiwan and 30 degrees in the central and southern areas, the CWB said.
Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, warned the public to be on the alert for disasters that could be caused by the heavy rains during the period of unstable weather.
The weather front is expected to gradually move south during the week, reaching the Bashi Channel on Friday, according to the CWB.
Meanwhile, the rain is expected to wash away atmospheric pollutants Monday, which means the air quality across most of Taiwan will be good, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.
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