Northeast monsoon to bring colder temperatures and rain to Taiwan on Lunar New Year's Eve

The cold and wet weather will continue into Tuesday, Feb. 5

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Temperatures will start to drop on Lunar New Year's Eve after a northeast monsoon arrives, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

It will become colder and wetter under the influence of northeasterly winds beginning Monday (Feb. 4) after three days of balmy weather. Temperatures rose to almost 30 degrees Celsius in greater Taipei over the past few days.

The CWB reports high temperatures will drop to below 20 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 22 to 26 degrees Celsius in Taichung (台中), 25 to 28 degrees Celsius in Kaohsiung (高雄), and 21 to 25 degrees Celsius in Hualien (花蓮).

The low temperatures could reach 16 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan.

The cold and wet weather will continue through Tuesday (Feb. 5), when the afternoon will see temperatures begin to rise again as the northeasterly winds recede.

Most of Taiwan can expect cloudy skies and scatters showers, the CWB reports.