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Central Weather Bureau forecasts mild winter

Central Weather Bureau (CWB) chart showing temperature and rainfall for October and November. The CWB forecasts a mild winter for Taiwan this year.

Photo courtesy of the Central Weather Bureau

Despite the recent spate of cold, wet weather, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) is forecasting that the weather overall for this winter in Taiwan will tend to be mild and dry. The CWB has said that the coming winter will be mild, with rainfall being on the low side, and the occasional cold snap. The CWB emphasized that a mild winter did not mean that cold weather wouldn’t occur. Figures from the last two decades show that there have been, on average, 3.5 cold fronts coming over every year, anywhere from once to four or six times a year, and that January was generally the coldest, the month most likely to have cold snap.

According to the CWB’s Weather Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-tien, the reason this winter is expected to be mild is because of the influence of ocean temperatures around the world this fall, which will make the winter warmer in general. Cheng emphasized that, although the winter will be mild on the whole, negative Arctic Oscillations mean that there will still be cold fronts or cold snaps over from the Asian mainland, and during the time this cold air effects Taiwan the temperature will plummet, and the public should be prepared for the cold when it comes.

(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)





1. cold snap n. phr.

寒流 (han2 liu2)

例: There will be a cold snap over the next two days, so wear something warm.


2. mild adj.

溫暖的、溫和的 (wen1 nuan3 de5, wen1 he2 de5)

例: Winters tend to be mild in this part of the country.


3. plummet v.

驟降 (zhou4 jiang4)

例: Temperatures will plummet as a result of a cold front.


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