Taipei, Tropical Storm Goni, currently located in waters east of the Philippines, continued moving in a westerly direction Thursday and is forecast to pass through Luzon before heading toward the South China Sea, but is unlikely to affect Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
The storm is likely to intensify, but whether it brings moisture to Taiwan will depend on its future development, said CWB meteorologist Yeh Chih-chun (葉致均).
As of 2 p.m., the storm was located around 1,710 kilometers in waters east-southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost point of Taiwan.
It was moving west at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour, carrying maximum sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression formed in waters southeast of Guam and is expected to be upgraded to a tropical storm in the next one to two days. It remains to be seen whether it will impact Taiwan, according to Yeh.
With dry cold air brought by northeasterly winds, temperatures could drop from Friday to early Saturday morning, with daytime lows across Taiwan likely to range from 19-22 degrees Celsius, Yeh said, adding that due to the dry air, only Greater Taipei and eastern parts of Taiwan are likely to see sporadic rainfall.
In the first half of Friday, there is a chance of occasional rain in Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan, with sporadic rain in mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan in the afternoon, Yeh said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel