Northeast monsoon to bring colder temperatures to Taiwan tonight

Northeast monsoon to bring colder, wetter weather to Taiwan tonight

NOAA animated GIF showing water vapor over NW Pacific.

NOAA animated GIF showing water vapor over NW Pacific.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Though temperatures will be balmy in Taiwan today, the mercury will start to drop this evening as a northeast monsoon arrives, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

As northeasterly winds are weakening, warm temperatures will be felt during the day, with northern and eastern Taiwan seeing highs ranging between 27 and 28 degrees Celsius, while highs in central and southern Taiwan will hit 29 to 30 degrees. After nightfall, as a northeast monsoon starts to arrive, lows are predicted to dip down to 18 to 21 degrees.

Despite the weakening of the northeasterly winds, brief showers are still possible in eastern and northern Taiwan during the day, while the rest of the country will see partly cloudy to sunny skies. Once the northeast monsoon arrives this evening, the probability of rain in northern and eastern Taiwan will increase.

In anticipation of the arrival of the northeast monsoon, the CWB has issued a strong wind advisory for coastal and open areas in almost all of Taiwan proper and outlying islands, except for Taipei City, Kaohsiung City, Nantou County, and Chiayi City. Waves will also grow in strength, therefore, those engaging in seaside activities are advised to exercise caution.