Revelers in northern Taiwan who are preparing to celebrate New Year’s Eve need to take raincoats, umbrellas and wrap up warm if they are heading outdoors, because the Central Weather Bureau forecast yesterday that cold and damp weather would likely continue for a week.
The bureau said a cold air mass is expected to arrive from the north on New Year’s Eve, causing temperatures to drop nationwide.
The mercury in the north could drop to 13oC, with the chance of rain high until Thursday, and drop to as low as 11oC next week.
While the chance of rain is lower in central and southern regions, temperatures could drop as low as 12oC, the bureau said.
Residents in the north will also have little chance of seeing the year’s first sunrise because of thick clouds brought by the cold air mass.
“People in the north are likely to see more cloud because they are in a windward zone,” bureau forecaster Chiang Li-hung (姜禮鴻) said. “Those in central and southern regions will see fewer clouds because they are blocked by the Central Mountain Range.”
The bureau said the nation’s earliest sunrise tomorrow would be on Orchid Island (蘭嶼) at 6:33am.
The earliest sunrise in Taiwan proper will be at 6:35am in Kenting (墾丁), Pintung County and Sansiantai (三仙台), Taitung County.
The last sunrise of this year in Taiwan proper will begin in Cigu (七股), Greater Tainan, and Cijing (旗津), Greater Kaohsiung, at 5:25am today.