Nearby tropical depressions to turn into storms

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Oct 01, 2012 - Page 3

Two tropical depressions near Guam and in the South China Sea are likely to evolve into tropical storms, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

According to the bureau, one tropical depression is to the east of Guam and moving northwest at 15kph, while the other one is located in the South China Sea and appears to have stalled.

Despite the depressions’ potential to turn into tropical storms, the bureau forecast that they were not likely to affect Taiwan.

“They are unlikely to come closer to Taiwan,” bureau forecaster Hsien Min-ken (謝旻) said. “The weather this week will mostly be affected by the northeastern monsoon, causing a big difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures.”

Hsieh said that the daytime temperature in the northern and northeastern regions of the country would reach 26oC to 27oC, while in central and southern parts of Taiwan, including Hualien and Taitung, it could rise above 30oC during the day.

However, early morning temperatures will mostly be below 23oC across the nation.

The early morning temperature in northern and northeastern regions could even fall below 20oC, the bureau said. The lowest temperature yesterday was recorded in Tamsui, where the mercury dipped to 17.5oC.

In related news, the bureau will host a meteorological exhibition in its southern service center in Greater Tainan, which will focus on the development of the nation’s climate over the past 100 years.

The bureau added that the southern service center was built in 1896 and was known for its cylindrical tower.