The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday said the second frontal system of the plum rain season was expected to arrive on Thursday. The plum rain season generally lasts from May to June. Rainfall accumulated during this period usually accounts for a quarter of annual rainfall.
The season’s first frontal system arrived yesterday, but the bureau said its structure was weak and that it did not carry much rain.
Aside from the east coast, cloudy to sunny skies are expected nationwide today as the frontal system gradually moves away. Temperatures are expected to be between 18°C to 28°C in the north, 18°C to 29°C in central regions, 21°C to 30°C in the south and 19°C to 27°C in the east.
Meanwhile, sunny skies are forecast nationwide tomorrow and on Wednesday, with daytime temperature potentially reaching 33°C. The bureau said the second frontal system would reach the nation on Thursday, which would affect weather over the weekend.
On Friday, the bureau also gave rainfall estimates for the plum rain season. For this month, rainfall in northern, central and eastern regions is expected to be within the normal range. The only exception was the south, which is expected to receive below-average rainfall.
The bureau also forecast that stationary fronts that usually lead to days of rain were unlikely to appear this week.
In related news, stargazers could be able to catch a glimpse of the Eta Aquarids on Thursday or Friday. Eta Aquarids is a meteor shower associated with Halley’s Comet. The Taipei Astrological Museum said in an online press release that the peak of the meteor shower was likely to appear on Thursday or Friday, when observers may be able to see up to 85 meteors in an hour under a clear dark sky.
The best time to observe the Eta Aquarids is between 2am and sunrise, the museum said, adding that the visibility of the meteor shower may be affected by moonlight.
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