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Temperatures set to plunge as cold front hits: bureau

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

Temperatures in northern and central Taiwan could dip as low as 6°C this weekend, as the first cold front of the winter hits the nation, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

CWB meteorologists said a strong continental cold air mass will approach Taiwan on Friday and send temperatures in northern and central parts as low as 10°C, and that the cold air mass could further strengthen into a cold front and cause the mercury to drop to 6°C in northern and central Taiwan over the weekend.

From Saturday, daytime highs in northern and northeastern Taiwan will be around 14°C to 15°C, while in central areas the highs will be between 18°C and 20°C. Southern regions will see lows of between 9°C to 10°C and highs of 21°C to 22°C, the bureau said.

The forecast said that over the next four days through Saturday, there is an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of precipitation for the northeast, while the chance of rain will be 60 percent to 70 percent in the north and 30 percent to 40 percent in the east.

Other regions will experience either sunny or partly cloudy skies throughout the next seven days.

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