An arriving continental cold air mass is expected to send temperatures down to below 10 degrees Celsius in parts of northern Taiwan and the outlying Lienchiang and Kinmen counties between Sunday evening and Monday daytime, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
Under the influence of the cold front, temperatures are likely to remain around 10 degrees Celsius or below in New Taipei, Keelung, Taipei, and Taoyuan cities during the period, while the mercury in Lienchiang County (Matsu) could drop to as low as 6 degrees, according to the CWB.
The CWB also warned that there is a chance of temperatures dipping below 10 degrees in Hsinchu, Miaoli and Kinmen counties.
On Sunday, daytime highs will reach 15-17 degrees in northern Taiwan, 25-27 degrees in Kaohsiung and Pingtung, and 21-23 degrees in other areas, according to the CWB.
The bureau also forecast lows of 12 degrees in northern Taiwan Sunday night, with temperatures in some open coastal areas likely to drop below 10 degrees continuously, while lows of 15-16 degrees are forecast in central and southern Taiwan and 17-18 degrees in Hualien and Taitung in the east.
The cold front is forecast to weaken on Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, with the cold air mass moving southward toward Taiwan, all areas around the country are forecast to see occasional rain, with the probability higher in the areas north of Taoyuan and northeastern Taiwan, while Keelung, northern coastal regions and mountainous areas of greater Taipei will see more persistent rain, according to the CWB.
Meteorologist Wu Der-rong (???) said that as the cold air mass is expected to weaken on Thursday, temperatures around Taiwan are forecast to rebound a bit, but with the arrival of a northeasterly seasonal wind system, the mercury will dip again on Friday to below 14 degrees and even to around 10 degrees in low-lying areas.
On Saturday, with the cold front weakening, temperatures will rebound slightly, according to Wu, an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University.
However, by next Sunday (the first day of the Lunar New Year), a stronger cold front is expected to set in again at night, pushing temperatures next Monday and Tuesday to toward the threshold of a cold snap, which is defined as a weather event in which temperatures recorded by the Taipei weather station fall below 10 degrees, Wu forecast.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel