Mercury drops to below 5 in Chiayi, set to rebound Thursday
Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a cold surge advisory for most parts of Taiwan Wednesday morning, as temperatures in Chiayi City dropped to a nationwide low of 4.9 degrees Celsius.
According to the CWB, aside from the day's low of 4.9 degrees seen by Chiayi Agricultural Experiment Station, the three coldest temperatures recorded in low-lying parts of Taiwan -- 5 degrees, 5.2 degrees, and 5.5 degrees -- were also in Chiayi City and the surrounding county.
Rounding out the top ten were Yunlin's Dounan Township with 5.7 degrees, Keelung's Qidu District with 5.9 degrees, Miaoli's Gongguan Township and Taoyuan's Yangmei District with 6 degrees, and Yunlin's Linnei Township and Tainan's Baihe District with 6.1 degrees.
Amid a strengthening of a cold front that emerged Monday, the bureau reminded people to stay warm and pay attention to indoor ventilation and electrical safety when using gas water heaters and electric heaters.
In eastern Taiwan, the CWB has forecast daytime highs for Wednesday of between 12 and 15 degrees in Hualien and Yilan, and 17-19 further south in Taitung.
While Wednesday's weather is set to remain dry and partly cloudy in most of Taiwan , the CWB said the northern coastal areas of Keelung, the eastern part of greater Taipei, and the Hengchun Peninsula could see rainfall.
The CWB said it expected temperatures to rebound across Taiwan on Thursday as the present cold front weakens, adding that eastern parts of the country and mountainous areas in the north could see sporadic rainfall.
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