Plum rain season expected to start Saturday

Taipei--The annual plum rain season is forecast to begin Saturday in Taiwan with the arrival of a frontal system that is likely to bring unstable weather, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Taiwan normally has its rainy season in May and June, locally described as "plum rain." With two frontal systems in the forecast, the weather around Taiwan will begin to turn unstable this weekend, the bureau said on Thursday.

The first front will arrive between late Friday and early Saturday, bringing rain to areas north of central Taiwan, according to the CWB forecast.

However, the rain is expected to mitigate late Saturday. By Sunday, Mother's Day, the weather in northern Taiwan will become stable but mostly cloudy.

The CWB predicted that the second frontal system will come next Monday, bringing showers all over Taiwan.

"It will be a typical lingering front for the rainy season," the weather bureau said.

It predicted that the rain will be most obvious on Monday and Tuesday next week, and ease up on Wednesday, when the front is pushed to the Bashi Channel before it moves northward to affect Taiwan the following day, when more rain can be expected.

For Thursday, the CWB said the weather would be stable and warm, with highs reaching over 31 degrees Celsius, and higher to over 34 degrees in Greater Taipei and the central and southern Taiwan areas.

People going outdoors are advised to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and taking precautions against sunburn.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel