Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The current warm weather in Taiwan is expected to end next week, when temperatures are forecast to drop as low as 10 degrees Celsius with the arrival of a strong continental cold air mass, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Friday.
Until then, however, mostly sunny skies will prevail during the first few days of the Lunar New Year holiday, Friday and Saturday in particular, the bureau said.
On Sunday, the weather will turn rainy, and the mercury will start dropping as the cold air mass arrives, the CWB said.
By Jan. 28, temperatures in northern Taiwan will dip to lows of 10-13 degrees in northern Taiwan, and the cold spell will last through Jan. 30, when work resumes throughout the country after the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday, the bureau forecast.
Warmer weather is expected, however, in central and southern Taiwan on Jan. 28, with daytime temperatures of between 23 and 25 degrees, the CWB said.
Meanwhile, on Friday, daytime temperatures were 25-26 degrees in northern Taiwan, a drop from around 29 degrees the previous day due to a thicker cloud cover, the CWB said.
In central and southern Taiwan, daytime highs remained at 26-29 degrees Friday, but in the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu visibility was low due to thick fog, the CWB said.
Southeastern Taiwan, including Green Island and Orchid Island, as well as the Hengchun Peninsula in the south and Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu islands, were experiencing high winds on Friday, according to the CWB.