TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A cold air mass will cause the mercury in northern Taiwan to dip down to 12 degrees Celsius for the next two days, before weakening on Wednesday (Dec. 19) and giving way to sunny skies later in the week, reported the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
CWB forecaster Liu Jen-wei (劉人瑋) said today that the lowest temperature reported this morning was 12.7 degrees in New Taipei City's Yonghe District. Liu said that temperature extremes between night and day will increase over the next two days, before the cold air mass weakens, and the mercury starts to rise on Wednesday.
Liu said that due to the influence of a continental cold air mass, temperatures will be cold throughout Taiwan in the morning, with New Taipei City's Banqiao District reporting a low of 14 degrees. As for high temperatures, Liu said northern Taiwan will see highs between 17 and 19 degrees; central and eastern Taiwan will record highs between 21 and 24 degrees; and southern Taiwan will experience highs between 26 and 27 degrees.
Due to the effects of radiative cooling, low temperatures could dip down to between 12 and 13 degrees at night, said Liu. He said the cold weather will continue until Wednesday, when the cold air mass will gradually start to weaken.
Meteorologist Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said today that the latest model simulation shows that the cold air wave will weaken from Dec. 19 to Dec. 22, bringing sunny skies throughout Taiwan. During this period, the mercury will start to rise more during the day, while evenings will still be cold, with a large temperature fluctuation between night and day in the western part of the country.
Wu added that the weather for this week will be sunny and stable until Dec. 23, when a northeast monsoon will plunge down into Taiwan. Starting on Dec. 23, the weather will again become wet and cold in much of northern Taiwan.