Fri, Jan 23, 2009 - Page 1 News List

Cold front expected to hit nation during Lunar New Year

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to drop to 9˚C this morning as a cold front approaches, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

Daniel Wu (吳德榮) of the bureau’s forecast center said the cold front would cause temperatures to drop below 10˚C in northern and northeastern coastal areas, as well as in Kinmen and Matsu.

The cold front is expected to persist until tomorrow. Lows could reach 8˚C in northern Taiwan and 11˚C in the central part of the country, the bureau said, adding that it could get warmer on Monday.

Snowfall is expected in Hohuanshan and Yushan tonight and tomorrow morning. Chances of snow will diminish as the air turns drier tomorrow afternoon, the bureau said.

While the cold front is expected to taper off on Monday, there will be high chances of rain in northern and central parts of the country, as well as on Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, it said. Showers are also expected in central Taiwan and the offshore islands on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In related news, the bureau said yesterday that people in Taiwan could have a chance to see a partial solar eclipse around sunset on Monday.

Cheng Chen-feng (鄭振豐), a specialist at the bureau’s astronomical division, said the annular eclipse would occur on Monday.

In Taiwan, only a partial solar eclipse lasting about 30 minutes, will be visible, starting at 5:04pm on Monday, he said.

Cheng said this was a rare occurrence. The eclipse was not visible in Taiwan last year, which also coincided with the first day of the Lunar calendar. The next time a similar phenomenon occurs will be in 2026.

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