TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As a continental cold air mass is expected to blast into Taiwan today (March 8), a cold surge advisory has been issued for 15 of Taiwan's 22 counties and cities by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The CWB said that cold air is moving south and temperatures are rapidly dropping. The mercury in northern Taiwan will only reach 14 to 15 degrees Celsius by noon today, while central Taiwan and Yilan will only reach 17 to 19 degrees.
The CWB pointed out today that due to the influence of a frontal cloud system there will be a chance of brief thunderstorms throughout Taiwan with relatively large accumulations.
As cold air continues to plunge south, the mercury will continue to drop into the evening and tomorrow morning, with central to northern Taiwan seeing temperatures drop to 10 or 11 degrees. Therefore, the CWB has issued a cold surge advisory for 15 cities and counties in Taiwan. The advisory includes Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County, Lienchiang County, Keelung City, Yilan County, Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, Nantou County, Chiayi County and Chiayi City.
Low temperatures outside of the cold advisory will only reach 13 to 14 degrees tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a strong wind advisory is also in effect for all cities and counties in Taiwan, with the exception of Taipei City, Nantou County and Chiayi City.
The western outer islands of Taiwan, including Kinmen and Matsu will see partial fog or low clouds, which will affect visibility. Taiwan's coastal areas, including Orchid Island (Lanyu), Green Island, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu will see strong wind gusts of up to level 8 or 10 as well has big waves.
CWB map of cold advisory.