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Yangmingshan likely to see snow today, bureau says

Staff writer, with CNA

A travel agency offered a snow tour to Taipei’s Yangmingshan National Park, as weather forecasters said the mountainous areas in Taiwan might receive snow today.

The tour featured watching the sunrise on top of Datunshan (大屯山), visiting Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑, a post-volcanic geological site with hot springs and sulfur crystals) and Qingtiangang (擎天崗) ranch (a grassland on a lava terrace).

The peaks of Datunshan and Qixingshan (七星山), which are more than 1,000m above sea level, are most likely to see snow today, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The last time Yangmingshan saw snow was in 2009, bureau data showed

The online tour agency, KKday, said many Hong Kongers asked for information and some registered for the tour.

The agency said that watching the sunrise on the outskirts of the Taipei Basin and seeing the city wake up is an extraordinary experience, even if it does not snow.

The tour, from 5am to 10am, costs US$40.

The temperatures in Taiwan and the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu are forecast to drop below 10°C from today until Tuesday, with lows in northern Taiwan likely falling to 5°C and Matsu to 3°C, the bureau said.

The coldest temperatures are expected tomorrow and on Monday, and “apparent temperatures” — the temperature felt by the body — could fall to less than 0°C, the bureau said.

The bureau said the apparent temperature factors in relative humidity and the effect of wind, with the latter expected to be the main factor this weekend.

It said a wind speed of more than 36kph can push the apparent temperature to less than 6°C below the actual temperature.

Even without humidity and wind speeds factored in, this weekend’s cold front is expected to be the worst since 2005, when temperatures of 5.6°C were recorded in Taipei on March 6 of that year.

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