The first cold wave of the winter is set to arrive today, dropping temperatures in northern Taiwan to less than 10oC, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast yesterday.
The bureau issued an alert to people living north of Greater Tainan, the coastal area around Yilan County and the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu. It urged residents of these areas to be wary of potential damage caused by the cold, particularly between tonight and early morning on Thursday, when the nation is to be under the joint influence of a cold wave and atmospheric radiative cooling.
The bureau said that people living north of Greater Taichung could potentially experience a low temperature of between 8oC and 9oC, adding that there was a slightly elevated chance of rain in the windward area early this morning.
According to the bureau, the cold wave is set to affect the nation until Thursday, with the weather to be cold and dry most of the time.
Daytime temperatures are likely to start rising on Friday as the cold wave weakens, with highs likely to return to a range of 18oC to 20oC, it said.
The mercury will probably slide again over the weekend due to the arrival of a cold air mass, the bureau said, adding that the likelihood of rain would increase during this time.
Aside from sustained rainfall in the north and northeast, chances of isolated showers will be high in the mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan, the weather agency said.
Because of the cold and high humidity, snow could fall on some of the nation’s taller mountains, the bureau added.
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