Rainy weather forecast to continue into next week

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, May 23, 2013 - Page 3

The rainy weather nationwide will persist into next week, given the current front that is lingering over Taiwan and the approach of another front early next week, the Central Weather Bureau predicted yesterday.

Areas around the country can expect showers or thunderstorms today, while mountainous areas in central and southern parts could see torrential rains, the bureau said.

It cautioned the public to beware of sudden downpours, lightning, strong winds, mudslides, surging rivers and flooding in low-lying areas.

The rainy weather should ease over the weekend, but central and southern Taiwan and parts of northern and eastern Taiwan are still likely to see intermittent rain, the bureau said.

The approach of another front on Monday and Tuesday could bring even more showers and thunderstorms, it added.

Temperatures around the country will hit highs of between 28°C and 31°C and lows of 23°C to 25°C next week, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, according to the Council of Agriculture, the agricultural sector had suffered NT$126.7 million (US$4.2 million) in losses as of yesterday morning from the rains that have drenched the nation over the past week.

The figure includes NT$99.42 million in crop losses, primarily in Pingtung County and Greater Kaohsiung, and NT$20,000 in losses from livestock farms and forests.

Damage to facilities have totaled NT$3.22 million to date, with NT$3 million worth of damage done to farmland and farm facilities and the rest to livestock facilities.

Separately yesterday, the Directorate-General of Highways urged users of the Alishan Highway to beware of rocks falling from slopes, made more likely by the excess moisture in the soil following days of rain.