Cold spell hits Taiwan, low temperature advisories issued

Temperatures will fall sharply on Tuesday as a strong cold air mass approaches Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast, and it issued cold advisories for 17 cities and counties.

On Tuesday, temperatures across Taiwan will tumble Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, with areas in the northern and central parts of the island and the offshore Kinmen County expected to experience lows below 10 degrees Celsius, the CWB said.

An orange cold alert, indicating that temperatures in low-lying areas will drop below 6 degrees or stay below 12 degrees for 24 hours, was issued for Keelung, New Taipei and Taoyuan, and will stay in effect until at least Wednesday morning.

A yellow alert, indicating temperature lows could fall below 10 degrees, was issued for the cities of Taipei, Taichung, Hsinchu, Chiayi, and Tainan and the counties of Hsinchu, Miaoli, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Yilan, Hualien and Kinmen.

Temperatures in the rest of the country will hover between 13-15 degrees on Tuesday night, and chances of brief rain in northern Taiwan will increase, while central and southern Taiwan will see cloudy skies, it said.

Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said snow could fall in Taipingshan in Yilan County on Tuesday night.

Temperatures will be at their lowest Wednesday morning, falling as low as 8 degrees in low-lying areas in northern and central Taiwan, Wu said.

From Wednesday to Friday, the strong cold air mass will weaken, but temperatures at night and in the early morning will remain low, he said.

On Saturday and Sunday, temperatures around Taiwan will markedly climb before the outer edge of another cold air wave approaches Taiwan on Monday, according to Wu.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel