Monsoon to bring cold, wet weather to northern Taiwan for 3 days

Northeast monsoon, southern cloud system to bring cold, wet weather to Taiwan for next three days

NOAA animated GIF showing water vapor over NW Pacific.

NOAA animated GIF showing water vapor over NW Pacific.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Northern Taiwan will see cool temperatures and wet weather over the next three days due to the influence of a northeastern monsoon and a southern cloud system, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Today, due to the effects of a northeast monsoon and the northward migration of a southern cloud system, local showers are likely throughout Taiwan in the early morning hours, though they should diminish as the day wears on. Scattered showers will continue to be likely on the coast of Keelung and mountainous areas of greater Taipei and Yilan.

Highs during the day in northern Taiwan are expected to reach 23 to 24 degrees Celsius, while highs in central and southern Taiwan will range between 26 and 28 degrees. Showers will return to Taiwan in the evening, when temperatures are expected to dip throughout the country to between 19 and 21 degrees.

The air quality today in northern Taiwan, Miaoli, central Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Matsu, Kinmen, and Penghu is rated as "good." Due to weak winds in central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung, the air quality there may reach "moderate" levels.

From Wednesday through Saturday, the effects of the northeast monsoon will continue to affect the country. On Wednesday, northern and eastern Taiwan will be wet and cool throughout the day, while scattered showers are also likely in southern and central Taiwan.

Conditions will become drier and colder on Thursday, and the northeast monsoon will start to weaken on Sunday and Monday, when temperatures will rise slightly. By early next week, most of Taiwan will see partly cloudy to sunny skies, with sporadic rainfall in eastern Taiwan.

In terms of temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday, highs will only reach 22 to 23 degrees, as conditions will be wet and cool in northern Taiwan, while central and southern Taiwan will see highs of 25 to 28 degrees. On Friday and Saturday, northern Taiwan will turn dry and cool, but high temperatures will rise slightly again by 2 to 3 degrees next Sunday and Monday.

The lows this week will range between 18 and 22 degrees, including lows of 16 to 18 degrees on Thursday and Friday in northern, central, and northeastern Taiwan, while other parts of the country will see lows ranging between 19 and 20 degrees.

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