Lows to plunge to below 10 degrees in parts of Taiwan: CWB

01/17/2021 11:42 AM
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CNA photo, Jan. 17, 2021
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Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Sunday morning issued cold weather advisories for 18 cities and countries in Taiwan, forecasting that temperatures will fall to below 10 degrees Celsius in the northern and western parts of the country.

According to the CWB, an "orange" cold weather alert has been issued to New Taipei City, while "yellow" alerts have been issued to Keelung City, Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu city and county, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi city and county, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Yilan County, Hualien County and outlying Kinmen County.

Under the CWB's three-color cold weather advisory system, an "orange" warning signifies "very cold" weather, with a minimum ground-level temperature that is below 6 degrees, or a minimum ground-level temperature below 10 degrees but with the temperature remaining below 12 degrees for 24 hours.

A "yellow" warning means the weather is "cold," with a minimum ground-level temperature below 10 degrees Celsius along with a significant day-night temperature difference.

The most severe "red" warning indicates "extremely cold" weather, with the temperature remaining below 6 degrees for 24 hours. No red warning has been issued for the current cold spell so far.

On Sunday, rainy weather is likely in northern Taiwan, while cloudy to sunny skies are expected elsewhere, it added.

Meanwhile, the cold air mass could ease up from Tuesday, and temperatures could hover around the mid-teens islandwide, according to the CWB.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Joseph Yeh)

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