TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As a northeastern monsoon continues to impact Taiwan, the mercury in northern Taiwan will dip to 14 degrees Celsius, but the apparent temperature will drop to 13 degrees and an even colder air mass will bring apparent temperatures of a low as 12 degrees by Sunday (Dec. 16), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The low temperature in northern Taiwan today will dip to 14 degrees, however the real-feel or apparent temperature recorded this morning was 13.8 degrees in New Taipei City's Sanzhi District, 13.5 degrees in Taoyuan's Tea Research and Extension Station, 12.5 degrees in Kinmen, and 10.5 degrees in Matsu.
The CWB said that the low temperatures in northern, northeastern, and central Taiwan today will range between 14 and 16 degrees. Although the weather will be stable in central and southern Taiwan, there will be a large difference in temperatures between day and night, with lows dipping to between 16 and 18 degrees.
As for rainfall, northeast Taiwan will likely see long periods of rain and the northeast monsoon is expected to linger over Taiwan until Dec. 16. As for winds, the CWB has issued a strong wind advisory (over land) for almost all of Taiwan, with the exception of Taipei City and Nantou County.
Another wave of cold, dry air will push southward into Taiwan after noon on Dec. 16, when temperatures will dip below 14 degrees and the apparent temperature will drop to below 12 degrees. During this period, northeast Taiwan will become cold and wet again, with large temperature swings between day and night.
These effects of the cold wave should continue for three days, until Dec. 18, when showers will start to subside and western Taiwan will start to see sunny skies. Nevertheless, the low temperatures will still range between 14 to 17 degrees, with some areas dipping below 14 degrees.
When the cold wave hits, the apparent temperature in Taipei will drop to 12 degrees, nearly approaching conditions associated with a continental cold air mass.
In addition, Weatherrisk said from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, the northeasterly winds will gradually weaken and temperatures will start to warm up, but not by a large amount. Over the next three days, the company predicts that northern and eastern Taiwan will stay wet and cold, while central and southern Taiwan will be cold in the morning and evenings.
The weather forecasting firm predicted that the first cold wave of this winter will bring colder weather than what is being seen now in Taiwan. The company said the change will be most apparent on Dec. 17 and 18, when temperatures could drop by one or two degrees and conditions in northeast Taiwan will approach those of a continental air mass.