Soft hail, rime ice possible on high mountains early Thursday: CWA
Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) There is a chance Taiwan's high mountains could see soft hail or rime ice on Thursday as a result of low temperatures converging with abundant moisture in the air, the Central Weather Administration (CWA) forecast Wednesday.
People can visit the country's top two peaks -- Yushan and Xueshan -- early in the morning to try their luck before seasonal winds weaken later in the day, forecasters suggested.
However, motorists traveling to the high mountains are advised to put on snow chains, especially if they take provincial highways No. 8 and No. 14A, transport officials said.
On Thursday, showers are expected in eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan, with cloudy to sunny weather likely elsewhere, according to the CWA.
The temperature could drop to 14-15 degrees Celsius in northern, central and northeastern Taiwan, with 17-19 degrees forecast in other regions, the administration said.
The weather is expected to turn even colder early Friday, when lows could dip to 13 degrees in the north and 11 degrees in coastal areas, the CWA said, urging the public to pay attention to the sharp difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures.
The mercury is forecast to rise shortly afterwards, with highs reaching 25 degrees in northern Taiwan, it said.
Relatively mild weather is forecast across the island until next Tuesday, when northeasterly winds will begin to pick up strength, the CWA added.
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