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Temperatures set to dip to 13 degrees across Taiwan next week

12/10/2023 09:24 PM
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Members of the general public walk around the Taipei Dome in the cold rain. CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023
Members of the general public walk around the Taipei Dome in the cold rain. CNA photo Dec. 3, 2023

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Two seasonal northeasterly wind systems are forecast to send temperatures in northern Taiwan down to as low as 13 degrees Celsius next week, the Central Weather Administration (CWA) said Sunday.

The first front will arrive on Dec. 12, bringing highs of 21 degrees and lows of 18 degrees, the CWA said.

The second wave will hit Taiwan on Dec. 16, CWA added, bringing lows of 13 degrees to some parts of the country.

CWA forecaster Chen Pei-an (陳姵安) said the weather on Monday throughout Taiwan will be cloudy with a chance of sun, while the eastern half of the country will see sporadic rain.

The southeastern part of Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula, meanwhile, will see more severe showers, Chen said.

Taiwan's outlying islands in Kinmen and Matsu could experience fog that could impede visibility on Monday, Chen warned.

The first wave of seasonal northeasterly winds will arrive early Tuesday morning, which will bring rain to the northern and eastern parts of Taiwan, the CWA said.

Temperatures in northern Taiwan will go as high as 21 degrees before dipping to 18 degrees in the evening, the CWA added.

The weather pattern will not affect central and southern Taiwan as much, Chen said, with temperatures on Dec. 12 and 13 going as high as 27 degrees.

With the decrease in strength of the first wave on Dec. 14, Taiwan will see stable weather on Dec. 15, with only the eastern parts of Taiwan experiencing sporadic rainfall.

Temperatures in northern Taiwan on Dec. 14 and 15 could return warm and reach 26 degrees.

The second cold front that will hit Taiwan on Dec. 16 will likely affect Taiwan up to Dec. 19, Chen added, which will continue to bring rain to the northern and eastern parts of Taiwan.

Chen said the severity of the second seasonal northeasterly wind system could reach levels akin to a continental cold air mass, bringing lows of 15 degrees and highs of 20 degrees to low-lying areas in the north.

The power of the weather front could also lower the temperature in certain areas to 13 degrees in the evening, Chen said, adding that the effects will continue until Dec. 19.

With the first front bringing cool temperatures and the second front carrying low moisture, the chances of the general public seeing snow in higher altitudes of Taiwan are relatively low, Chen said.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and James Lo)

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