The Central Weather Bureau said tropical storm Kalmaegi had formed east of the Philippines, adding that its circumfluence would bring rainfall to some parts of the nation next week.
The name was given by the North Korean weather authority, and means “seagull.”
The bureau said the chances of Kalmaegi hitting Taiwan directly are very low. It said that a weak frontal system would come closer to the nation, bringing showers to eastern Taiwan and the mountainous areas in northern Taiwan this weekend. People in northern, central and southern regions could also experience afternoon thundershowers, the bureau said, adding that cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu.
The bureau warned that Kalmaegi’s circumfluence would begin to affect the weather in parts of Taiwan tonight when showers would occur on the east coast, south and the mountainous areas in northern Taiwan.
The bureau forecast that the chances of showers would be high in these regions from tonight through Tuesday next week. During this period, northern and central regions could also see afternoon thundershowers.
Starting today, high waves are expected to come to the Hengchun Peninsula, Penghu and the north and southwest coasts.
Strong gusts could also occur in coastal areas of Taiwan proper as well as in the nation’s outlying islands.
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