Wed, Jan 08, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Cold snap and showers forecast

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The sunny weather is set to end today as a cold air mass from the north is forecast to arrive tonight, lowering temperatures nationwide and bringing showers to the nation’s northern and eastern regions.

The Central Weather Bureau yesterday said that the daytime temperature today would be between 23°C and 25°C. However, the mercury will start sliding this evening with the passing of a frontal system and the arrival of strong continental cold air mass from the north.

The bureau said people could expect a cold air mass tomorrow and Friday. Temperatures in Taipei, for example, are to drop from a high of 25°C today to a high of only 14°C tomorrow. Lows will drop from 13°C to 12°C.

A low of 11°C is forecast for Chiayi City tomorrow, the bureau added. There will be a high likelihood of showers in the nation’s northern and eastern regions, as well as the mountainous areas in central Taiwan. Snow is likely to fall on Yushan and Hohuanshan as well.

Cloudy skies are forecast for the plains in the central and southern regions, the bureau said, adding that the daytime temperature would rebound slightly on Saturday as the cold air mass weakens, with sunny skies forecast for most of the west coast. Cloudy skies and showers are forecast for the east coast.

Temperatures are expected to climb further on Sunday, with chances of rain high in the northern and eastern regions. Cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for central and southern regions.

Another cold air mass is to arrive on Monday next week, again bringing down temperatures nationwide.

On Monday and Tuesday next week, rain is likely in the north and east, as well as the mountainous areas in central and southern regions.

Cloudy skies are forecast for the rest of the nation.

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