A tropical depression in waters southeast of Taiwan is expected to become a storm, but thanks to its slow movement, it will not affect Taiwan this weekend, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
As of early yesterday morning, the depression was centered about 300km southeast of Taitung County, at almost the same spot where it was observed the previous day, the weather bureau said.
However, there is a possibility it will turn into a tropical storm that will either continue to hover over the area or begin to move slowly eastward, forecasters said.
While the weather system is not expected to affect the nation this weekend, the coastal areas of eastern and northern Taiwan and Hengchun Peninsula (恆春半島), Lanyu (Orchid Island, 蘭嶼) and Green Island (綠島) will likely come under the influence of big waves in the next few days, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, another depression centered about 1,000km northeast of Taiwan is slowly moving westward, weather forecasters said.
Due to the influence of the depressions, starting on Tuesday, the entire nation will experience cloudy and rainy weather, the bureau forecast.
Weather yesterday remained unstable due to the depression being close to Taiwan, forecasters said.
They predicted brief showers and thunderous rainfall in the southern and eastern areas of Taiwan, and afternoon thunder showers in central and northern areas.