Cold air mass to send mercury down to 7 degrees in coming week

Taipei-A cold, dry air mass that could be upgraded to a strong cold air mass or a cold surge is expected to hit Taiwan starting Monday afternoon, causing temperatures in open coastal areas to dive to as low as 7 degrees Celsius between Tuesday and Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast Sunday.

Due to an approaching weather front, rain is expected across Taiwan Sunday and will last until Monday morning before the front moves away and gives way to a cold, dry mass in the afternoon, the CWB said.

The bureau has issued a heavy rain warning for 13 cities and counties, with thunderstorms in some areas.

On Sunday, the mercury will hover around 20 degrees Celsius in the north, 21 to 24 degrees in central Taiwan and Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in the east and 24 to 26 degrees in the south, according to the bureau.

Starting Monday afternoon, the strongest cold air mass of this winter is forecast to hit Taiwan and push temperatures in areas north of Tainan and northeastern Taiwan down to 8-10 degrees during the late night and early morning hours between Tuesday and Friday, and 7 degrees in open coastal areas.

Meanwhile, lows in Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan and Hualien and Taitung in the east could dip to 11-13 degrees between Tuesday and Friday, the CWB forecast.

Highs around Taiwan are unlikely to reach above 20 degrees, according to the CWB.

Sunny and cold weather conditions are expected all over Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday before the cold air mass weakens and the mercury begins to surge on Saturday, the CWB said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel