Taipei, The strongest cold surge of this winter maintained a firm grip on the country Tuesday, with lows in parts of Taiwan remaining below 10 degrees Celsius, but drier weather was also in the cards, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
Lows of 7-10 degrees were detected in western and northeastern Taiwan and lows of 11-12 degrees were seen in Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan early Tuesday morning, CWB forecaster Kuan Hsin-ping (???) said.
Daytime highs are expected to climb to 11-13 degrees in the north and the northeast, to 16-18 degrees in central Taiwan and Hualien and Taitung, and to 20 degrees in southern Taiwan, Kuan said.
Unlike in recent days, however, the weather has turned drier with little chance of snow in mountainous areas, Kuan said.
The forecaster said the cold wave will start to ease during the day Wednesday, but temperatures will rise only slightly as the moisture in the air picks up again.
The cold and wet weather is not likely to end until Friday, when daytime highs are expected to rebound to 19-25 degrees around Taiwan.
Another strong continental cold air mass from southern China will hit Taiwan on Feb. 11 and bring cold and dry weather to the country through Feb. 13 before weakening on Feb. 14, independent meteorologist Daniel Wu (???) forecast.
The weather is expected to warm up before Lunar New Year's Eve on Feb. 15, according to Wu.
Source: Fucus Taiwan