The current spell of sunny weather could end soon, as a strong cold air mass from the north is forecast to arrive on Friday, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
Bureau forecaster Lin Chi-hui (林智暉) said that the chance of showers is high in northern and eastern parts of the nation today.
Lin said the mercury may drop slightly tomorrow because of the arrival of the northeast monsoon, adding that highs in the north could drop from 24°C to 21°C.
However, a more drastic change in temperature is forecast to occur on Friday, when a strong cold air mass is predicted to hit the nation.
“The cold air mass has the potential of turning into a cold front,” Lin said, “Temperatures in Taipei could drop below 10°C.”
Lin added that the nation could be under the influence of the cold air mass from Friday to Monday.
Yesterday, on the first day of work after the six-day Lunar New Year holiday, the nation enjoyed sunny and warm weather as daytime temperatures in low-lying areas nationwide rose to between 18°C and 26°C. However, snow was reported on Hohuanshan (合歡山) and Yushan (玉山) yesterday morning.
Lin said the lowest temperature recorded on Hohuanshan yesterday was -1.4°C. For Yushan it was -3.6°C.
The interaction of low temperatures and water vapor led to snow on both mountains, she said.
Chances of snow on both mountains would be high after the cold air mass arrives on Friday, she added.