Downpours expected on Wednesday

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Heavy rains are expected around Taiwan on Wednesday as a weather front passes over the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (???) said the chance of rain around Taiwan has risen because of the heavy moisture brought by the front and warned of downpours in the afternoon.

Cheng said anybody going outside on Wednesday -- a holiday marking the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident -- should have an umbrella with them.

The rain, however, will ease Wednesday night as the weather system leaves Taiwan, the forecaster said.

Despite the wet weather, temperatures on Wednesday are expected to be little changed from a day earlier.

According to the bureau, temperatures will hit highs of 22-23 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and 26-27 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.

But the mercury is forecast to fall at night to 15-16 degrees in northern Taiwan and 18-19 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the CWB said.

The lowest temperatures in low-lying areas of Taiwan early Wednesday morning were recorded in Xinwu District in Taoyuan and in Tamsui District in New Taipei at 15.4 degrees, the CWB said.

The weather in Taiwan will turn stable on Thursday and stay that way through March 4, the CWB said, but another weather front is likely to hit the island on March 5 and bring rain around the country.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel