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Bureau forecasts warmer weather during holiday

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Holiday revelers can look forward to relatively warmer temperatures — and even sunny weather — during the Lunar New Year holiday, with no cold front heading in Taiwan’s direction this week, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

Lin Hsiu-wen (林秀雯), deputy director of the bureau’s forecast center, said a cold front lingering around the nation would gradually weaken from today.

Chances of rain would be high in the northern and eastern parts of the country, as well as mountainous areas in central Taiwan tomorrow, Lunar New Year’s Eve. Visibility in mountainous areas in northern regions, as well as on the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, could be poor as low clouds are expected for those areas.

Residents on Kinmen, Matsu and the west coast of Taiwan proper could experience fog on Thursday and Friday.

Bureau director-general Shin Tzay-chyn (辛在勤) said the impact of fog on maritime transport was unlikely to be as bad as last year.

“The wind blowing from the south is not as strong this year,” Shin said. “Airports may have to shut down a few times, but they won’t be shut down all day.”

On Friday, chances of rain will remain high in the northern, eastern and central parts of the country because of a weak northeastern monsoon, which would have little effect on temperatures in those areas, Lin said.

Temperatures would gradually rise on Saturday, with cloudy or sunny skies forecast in most parts of the country until Monday.

Only the eastern and southeastern regions are expected to experience brief showers during this period, she said.

Despite the sunny weather, Lin said that drastic differences in daytime and nighttime temperatures would remain. Daytime temperatures in the north are forecast to rise above 20oC, while the central and southern regions could see a high of 27oC. Temperatures at night, however, could drop to 10oC, she said.

The bureau added that it would start offering marine metrology forecasts today for travelers returning home by sea. The forecasts will cover five main sea routes: Keelung to Matsu; Greater Taichung to Magong (馬公), Penghu; Kaohsiung to Magong; Donggang (東港) in Pingtung County to Little Liouciou (小琉球); and Taitung to Green Island (綠島).

The updated marine forecasts will be available every day at 6am, noon, 6pm and midnight, the bureau said.

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