Two cold air masses are expected to approach Taiwan before Chinese New Year's Day on Feb. 8, with northern Taiwan expected to experience chilly, wet weather during both cold waves, the Central Weather Bureau forecast on Sunday.
The first cold front, a continental cold air mass from southern China that will affect Taiwan from Monday to Wednesday, will send temperatures to lows of 13 degrees Celsius in the north and northeast.
The mercury will fall to lows of 14 degrees in central and southern Taiwan and 16 to 17 degrees in Hualien and Taitung counties.
During the period, rain is expected for areas in the northern half of Taiwan, and parts of eastern and southern Taiwan, the bureau said.
That cold front will weaken on Thursday, and another cold air mass will approach Taiwan on Friday.
It will drive temperatures down to 12-13 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, 14 degrees in southern Taiwan and 15 degrees in eastern Taiwan on Saturday, according to the bureau.
Northern and eastern Taiwan will see occasional showers during the period, the bureau said.
Prior to the arrival of the two cold fronts, the northern half of Taiwan and eastern Taiwan were still affected by a weather front and seasonal northeasterly winds.
The forecast for Sunday calls for occasional showers in those two parts of the country and parts of southern Taiwan, the bureau said.
Daytime highs on Sunday are expected to reach 17-18 degrees in the north and northeast and 20 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the bureau said.