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Strong cold air mass expected from Feb. 5: weather bureau

Strong cold air mass expected from Feb. 5: weather bureau

More cold weather is in store for Taiwan, with temperatures likely to dip to 11 degrees Celsius on Feb. 5 and 6 in northern and central Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau forecast on Saturday.

There is little chance, however, that the cold wave will be as severe as the one Taiwan experienced earlier this month when temperatures dipped into the low single digits, the bureau said amid rumors that Taiwan could see similar chilly weather around the Lunar New Year.

Information circulating on the Internet suggested that Asia would see another strong blast of cold for three days starting from Lunar New Year's Eve on Feb. 7, but the bureau said it was too early to project weather patterns that far ahead.

TV anchor Lee Fu-cheng (李富城), who shot to fame for his early and accurate prediction of the cold spell that brought Taiwan unprecedented snow in many areas on Jan. 24 and 25, said there would be a cold spell before the Lunar New Year.

But the cold surge would be a rather "mediocre product," Lee said on his Facebook page, suggesting a similar view to that of the weather bureau.

Meanwhile, central and northern Taiwan could continue seeing showers through next Thursday under the effects of a weather front, the bureau said.

During that period, lows will slide to 13 degrees in northern Taiwan and 15 degrees in central Taiwan, while southern parts of the country are likely to be less affected.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)