Rain to hit Taiwan east coast on second day of the national holiday

Weather to improve on October 10: forecasters

Rain to lash Taiwan's east side Sunday. (By Central News Agency)

The second day of the Double Ten holiday will see rain from Keelung along the east coast down to Kenting. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Rain will continue to spoil the Double Ten national holiday on its second day, Sunday, especially in the eastern half of the country, the Central Weather Bureau said.

A tropical low-pressure area passing over the Philippines’ main northern island of Luzon was strengthening easterly winds, experts said, lashing the Hengchun Peninsula at Taiwan’s southern tip, but also Taitung, Hualien and even Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan with strong gales.

Commentators said holidaymakers would be best off staying on the west side of the island, as dry, warm and sunny weather with temperatures up to 36 degrees was most likely to be found there, while the rest of Taiwan might have to suffer rain and wind for at least Sunday and Monday before subsiding on the National Day itself, Tuesday October 10.

People heading for mountainous parts of New Taipei City and Keelung Sunday should also be cautious, as sudden downpours raised the possibility of landslides and falling rocks.

While October 10 might see a lull in the rain, after the holiday is over the situation is likely to worsen again, at least for the northern and eastern parts of the country, forecasters said. Around October 14, a tropical depression east of the Philippines might even turn into an autumn typhoon, according to some experts.