Taiwan forecast to see warmer, drier spring: CWB

Taipei, Taiwan can expect a warmer and drier spring than usual due to La Nina, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Friday.

Although the La Nina phenomenon continues to weaken, it is still likely to curb the formation of frontal systems and reduce rainfall, said Lu Kuo-chen (???), director of the bureau's Weather Forecast Center.

"With fewer weather fronts moving southward in spring there is also less chance that Taiwan will be affected by cold air," Lu told CNA.

Lu pointed out that in March, the average temperature is usually 17.7-19.1 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 18.8-20.7 degrees in central areas and 21.9-23.4 degrees in southern Taiwan.

Meanwhile, average rainfall is 133.2-190 millimeters in northern Taiwan, 59.6-120.1 mm in central areas and 6-27.7 mm in southern Taiwan.

Given current trends, it is likely Taiwan will see higher temperatures and less rainfall than usual.

However, cold air masses could still form this month, with one forecast to impact Taiwan late next week, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel