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Year-end revelers get favorable forecast for outdoor countdown

Year-end revelers get favorable forecast for outdoor countdown

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Dry and relatively warmer weather is forecast for all of Taiwan on the last day of 2013 but people planning on celebrating the year-end countdown outdoors were warned Monday to be prepared for chilly temperatures in the lower teens. The Central Weather Bureau lifted its low temperature alert as the cold front gripping Taiwan for the last few days eased off on Monday and began to give way to more moderate weather. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to rise to 18 to 19 degrees in northern Taiwan and to between 21 and 24 degrees elsewhere, according to the bureau. The mercury is expected to drop to a low of 13 degrees at night in areas north of Tainan, including the northeastern county of Yilan, and to around 15 degrees in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County in the south. The islandwide low of 12 degrees could appear in open rural areas in central and southern Taiwan, the bureau said. No precipitation is expected except in eastern Taiwan, where there is a slight chance of brief showers. But overcast skies will diminish the odds, especially for people in eastern Taiwan, of seeing the first sunrise of the New Year on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to drop again on and after Jan. 3, when another cold air mass is due to arrive from the north. (By Angela Tsai and Jay Chen)