Mild weather to last until Wednesday

Taipei--All areas around Taiwan can expect partly sunny and dry weather from Monday to Wednesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

The weather in northern and northeastern Taiwan could turn cooler on Sunday, with daytime high temperatures forecast at 20-22 degrees Celsius due to a weather front that has passed through areas off the north and as a result of strengthening seasonal northeasterly winds, according to the bureau.

However, central and southern Taiwan as well as Hualien and Taitung in the east will see little change in daytime temperatures, with daily highs in the areas to reach 24-26 degrees, the bureau said.

The mercury around Taiwan will then drop later Sunday, with occasional light rain or drizzle forecast in some areas of the island.

From Monday to Wednesday, all areas around Taiwan will see partly sunny and dry weather with a difference of 10 degrees in daytime and nighttime temperatures, former CWB Director-General Daniel Wu (???) said.

He cautioned people to wear warm clothes when they go out at night.

However, northern and eastern Taiwan can expect cold and wet weather on Thursday due to another weather front which will be followed by a cold air mass from China, forecast to be the strongest of the season, according to Wu.

In addition, a low pressure area east of Mindanao in the Philippines has developed into a tropical depression which was 1,900 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip. It was moving in a north-northwesterly direction but will unlikely affect Taiwan, according to the CWB.

Moreover, people in central and southern Taiwan were warned of worsening air pollution on Sunday as the air quality index (AQI) has reached red, which means the pollution in the air can cause health problems for residents in Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan.

The pollution index in Yunlin in central Taiwan, and Chiayi and Tainan in the south, has also reached orange, which indicates increased risk for people with allergies, seniors and children, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel