Rain forecast for Thursday, cold air mass to hit next week

Taipei-Rain is expected to fall throughout Taiwan on Thursday due to heavy moisture in the air and the arrival of northeasterly winds, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The presence of Tropical Storm Bolaven in the South China Sea and heavy moisture in the air will lead to cloudy skies in central and southern areas and possible rain showers, CWB forecaster Chen Yi-hsiu (???) said.

Daytime highs in the western half of the country are forecast to be 22-27 degrees Celsius, Chen said.

While northern Taiwan will enjoy sunny weather in the morning, the arrival of northeasterly winds will bring rain and cooler temperatures in the region in the evening, she continued.

Starting next Monday, Jan. 8, Taiwan will be hit by a strong continental cold air mass that is forecast to lower temperatures in northern Taiwan and western coastal areas to 10 degrees while bringing rain throughout the country.

With the presence of the cold air mass, there could be snowfall on Jade Mountain and Hehuanshan at altitudes above 3,000 meters.

Moisture in the air will decrease around the latter half of next week, ensuring a dry cold from Thursday to Saturday next week.

Temperatures are expected to be at the lowest from late Jan. 11 to early Jan. 12, Chen said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel