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Warm, humid winter forecast in Taiwan this year

11/28/2023 03:05 PM
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CNA photo Nov. 27, 2023
CNA photo Nov. 27, 2023

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) The upcoming winter in Taiwan is likely to be warmer and more humid than usual due to an ongoing El Niño event, the Central Weather Administration (CWA) said Tuesday.

Temperatures across the island may range between 18-20 degrees Celsius in December, 16-19 degrees in January, and 17-19 degrees in February, said Chen Yi-liang (陳怡良), acting director of the CWA's Weather Forecast Center.

The rainfall in December may stay roughly at the same level as in previous years, but it could increase in January and February, Chen said at a seasonal forecast briefing.

The weather pattern is a result of El Niño -- when sea temperatures in the tropical central and eastern Pacific Ocean rise -- and it may continue into next spring, Chen said.

At the same time, this year's autumn has shown abnormal traits, Chen said, noting for instance that there have been only four tropical storms generated in the northwest Pacific this season, fewer than in any year since records were first kept in 1958.

Nearly 550 millimeters of rain has fallen in Taiwan so far this fall, close to the historical average of 562.85 mm for the season, but November alone has only seen 35.2 mm of rainfall, far short of the historical average of 110.6 mm and the fifth lowest amount for the month since records were first kept in 1951.

Also, the season's average temperature of 25.7 degrees is the fourth-warmest since 1951, CWA data showed.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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