Tue, Oct 14, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Weather bureau warns of chilly winds from China

By Chiu Yu-Tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Cold winds from northern China will see temperatures plummet this week, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau issued a heavy-rain warning yesterday afternoon for north and northeastern Taiwan.

According to bureau forecaster Lee Hsiang-yuan (李湘源), the cold front was to reach Taiwan last night or this morning.

"The weather in the north and northeast will become rainy and today's low will be less than 20?C," Lee said.

In coastal areas in the north, the lowest temperature will fall to 18?C, Lee said.

The daytime low in Taipei yesterday was 26?C, while the high was 32?C.

Forecasters said temperatures today will continue to drop.

In the north, the daytime high is expected to be less than 25?C. In southern Taiwan, the high is expected to be about 30?C.

Forecasters said temperatures are expected to rebound on Sunday.

Residents in remote mountain areas should be alert for torrential rains over the next few days, the forecaster said, warning of potential landslides and mudflows.

Heavy rain yesterday afternoon in Panchiao, Taipei County, caused floods in an underground passage near the site of an upcoming national sports meet, resulting in a one-hour traffic jam.

Taipei County Commissioner Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said he was unsatisfied during a visit to the flooded area. He waded through the water, ordering water resources officials and civil engineers on the scene to fix the problem.

"I can't stand that our infrastructure is incapable of dealing with passing torrential rain," Su said.

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