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Bureau warns on arrival of stormy plum rain season

Staff writer, with CNA

A significant weather system is to arrive over Taiwan tomorrow, beginning the two-month plum rain season, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday, warning of heavy rain and thunderstorms across the nation.

The weather could become more unstable from later today as the front nears, with showers expected in northern and northeastern Taiwan, forecasters said.

There could be more rain starting tomorrow in northern, eastern and central Taiwan, while the south could see afternoon thunderstorms, the bureau said.

However, the rainfall could be good news for Taiwan, as it is experiencing its worst water shortages in decades.

Taiwanese are likely to welcome heavy rainfall as water rationing has been imposed, affecting households, farmers and industrial water users.

Despite a forecast for heavy rain early next week, the bureau cautioned that rainfall this month is to be slightly below average, especially in central and southern Taiwan, which will likely have to wait until next month before the current dry spell eases.

During the plum rain season, frontal systems tend to linger over Taiwan, which results in consecutive days of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The most intense rainfall usually occurs between mid-May and mid-June, bringing heavy precipitation to central and southern regions.

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