The Central Weather Bureau has issued cold weather warnings as the arrival of a cold front last night is expected to drive temperatures as low as 6°C over the coming days.
The bureau yesterday issued an “orange” warning for New Taipei City, Keelung and Taoyuan, as well as Hsinchu, Miaoli and Yilan counties, adding that Taipei and Taichung might see temperatures at or below 10°C.
Under the bureau’s three-color cold weather advisories, an “orange” warning signifies “very cold” weather, with a minimum ground-level temperature of below 6°C, or a minimum ground-level temperature of below 10°C, with the temperature remaining below 12°C for 24 hours.
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The bureau also issued a “yellow” warning for Tainan, Hsinchu and Chiayi cities, and Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Hualien, Taitung and Kinmen counties.
A “yellow” warning denotes “cold” weather with minimum ground-level temperature below 10°C, along with a significant day-night temperature differential.
A “red” warning, the highest alert, indicates “extremely cold” weather, with the temperature remaining below 6°C for 24 hours.
Temperatures are forecast to fall to their lowest level today and tomorrow in the northern two-thirds of Taiwan, dipping to 7°C to 10°C, with coastal and open areas experiencing even colder temperatures, bureau forecaster Chang Cheng-chuan (張承傳) said.
Meanwhile, temperatures in southern and southeastern Taiwan could see lows of 11°C to 13°C, he said.
Snowfall is possible at altitudes of at least 3,000m in the east and potentially as low as 2,000m on mountains in northern, northeastern and central Taiwan, where temperatures would be colder, he said.
The mercury is expected to rebound on Thursday as the cold snap weakens, before the arrival of another cold air mass on Friday brings temperatures down again, likely through Sunday, Chang said.
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