Mercury to drop to 16 degrees in N. Taiwan due to monsoon

Cold air from northeast monsoon will cause temperature to dip to 16 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan today

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As a northeast monsoon continues to surge over Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts temperatures will drop, with the lows in northern Taiwan reaching 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.

The CWB said temperatures today across the country dropped significantly, with the observed low in central, northeastern, and northern Taiwan only reaching 16 to 18 degrees, while the lows in southern and eastern Taiwan reached 19 to 21 degrees. Local, brief showers are likely in the northern and eastern parts of the country, including the northern coast of Keelung, mountainous areas of greater Taipei and Yilan, where prolonged rains and sudden heavy downpours are possible.

As for the high temperatures, northern Taiwan, Yilan, and Hualien will be cool and wet throughout the day with highs only reaching 20 to 22 degrees. Central and southern Taiwan will see highs of 26 to 28 degrees, while southern Taiwan will be warmer at 29 to 30 degrees.

From tonight to early tomorrow morning, central and northern Taiwan and Yilan will generally see lows of 18 to 19 degrees, while open areas could dip down to 16 to 17 degrees. Southern and eastern Taiwan will experience lows of 20 to 21 degrees. Those engaging in outdoor activities in the early morning and late at night are advised to wear more layers to stay warm.