Temperatures to remain low across Taiwan until Friday
Taipei, Feb. 21 (CNA) Although the current cold front is expected to weaken tomorrow, the mercury will remain low across Taiwan until Friday, with the arrival of another cold air mass, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
Owing to an eastbound wet weather system from southern China and the looming cold front, the CWB has maintained its low-temperature alert with the weather set to remain wet and chill across Taiwan.
As of Monday morning, the lowest temperature recorded in Taiwan was 2.8 degrees in the outlying island group of Matsu, which are much closer to the coast of China's Fujian province than Taiwan proper, the CWB said.
The lowest temperature in low-lying areas on Taiwan proper on Monday was 7.9 degrees in Taichung's Dajia District at 8 a.m.
As a result of the low temperatures, the bureau issued an "orange" warning for areas north of Tainan, Yilan County, and the islands of Kinmen and Matsu.
Under the CWB's three-color cold weather advisories, an "orange" warning signifies "very cold" weather, with a minimum ground-level temperature below 6 degrees Celsius, or a minimum ground-level temperature below 10 degrees with the temperature remaining below 12 degrees for 24 hours.
The advisory system also includes a "yellow" warning which denotes "cold" weather with a minimum ground-level temperature below 10 degrees Celsius, along with a significant day-night temperature differential.
The most severe "red" warning indicates "extremely cold" weather, with the temperature remaining below 6 degrees for 24 hours.
No such warning has been issued by the CWB for the recent cold spell, as morning temperatures on Monday were slightly higher than the previous day, with areas north of Tainan and Yilan forecast to be between 15-18 degrees.
Meanwhile, Monday morning temperatures in Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Taitung were forecast at 19-20 degrees.
Due to the wet weather system from southern China, there is a high probability the whole country will see heavy rain especially in coastal areas in the north near Keelung, Yilan and mountainous areas of greater Taipei, the CWB added.
High mountain areas could also experience sleet or snow, the bureau said.
In related news, the cold spell has also been linked to numerous out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) cases reported across Taiwan.
In Taipei, four OHCA cases were recorded early Monday, on top of 12 cases Sunday and 11 cases on Saturday.
Of the four cases recorded before 8 a.m. Monday, three individuals were hospitalized, while the fourth passed away.
One OHCA case was also reported on Monday morning in Taichung, with an individual found dead in a park in the city's Tanzi District.
However, health authorities cautioned that more work needs to be done to determine whether there is a direct link between the OHCA cases and the cold weather.
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