Northern, northeastern Taiwan could see heavy rain due to monsoon

10/18/2020 11:01 AM
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Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) The area north of Taoyuan and northeastern Taiwan will be prone to rainfall due to strong northeasterly winds on Sunday, with heavy rain or extremely heavy rain expected in some places, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

Under the influence of northeasterly winds, heavy rain or extremely heavy is expected in the mountainous area of Greater Taipei, the northern coast of Keelung City, as well as Yilan and Hualien counties in the east, the CWB said.

The weather bureau has released heavy rain advisories for Keelung, Taipei and New Taipei cities, as well as Yilan County. Under the alert, those areas could see accumulated rainfall of 80 millimeters or more over a 24-hour period or 40 millimeters within an hour, according to the CWB.

Due to rain over the past few days, the CWB has advised people in mountainous areas to be aware of landslides or falling rocks, and those in low-lying areas to be cautious of possible flooding.

The weather for Sunday will be mostly cloudy or sunny in other areas of Taiwan, with temperatures to reach as high as 24-27 degrees Celsius in the area north of Taoyuan, and Yilan and Hualien counties; 28-29 degrees in Hsinchu, Miaoli and Taitung counties; and 32 degrees in the central and southern areas, the CWB forecast.

Air quality was predicted to be good or moderate around Taiwan on Sunday, according to data from the air quality monitoring network run by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, the air quality in southern Taiwan could turn worse later in the day and the Air Quality Index could flash an orange warning light, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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