Taiwan to bake in 30-degree weather on Dongzhi, Winter Solstice

Mercury will climb to 30 degrees Celsius on Dongzhi, Winter Solstice in Taiwan tomorrow

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Despite tomorrow being Dongzhi (冬至, extreme of winter) Festival or the winter solstice, parts of Taiwan will climb to a balmy 30 degrees Celsius tomorrow, before cooler and wetter winterlike weather arrives on Sunday.

Though lows of 14.1 degrees and 16.7 degrees were reported this morning in Chiayi and New Taipei City's Banqiao District, respectively, the mercury will rapidly climb during the day today. Much of northern and eastern Taiwan will exceed 25 degrees, central and southern Taiwan will rise to 26 degrees, and Pingtung will climb to 30 degrees.

Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecaster Liu Pei-teng (劉沛滕) today said that the balmy weather will last until Sunday, when a northeast monsoon should shift southward, causing northern and eastern Taiwan to become much cooler. On the winter solstice tomorrow, highs in northern Taiwan will climb to 28 degrees, central Taiwan will range between 28 and 30 degrees, and southern Taiwan will range between 28 and 31 degrees, according to CWB data. Pingtung will see the hottest temperature on Saturday, with the mercury climbing to 31 degrees.

The new northeast monsoon is rich in moisture and will bring not only precipitation but also lower temperatures. When the northeast monsoon arrives, highs will not exceed 20 degrees during the day and the apparent temperature will feel colder due to the damp air.

During this period, cloud cover will also increase in central and southern Taiwan and the temperature difference between day and night will increase.