Taiwan Lunar New Year holiday weather to turn cold and humid Thursday night

Friday's maximum temperatures likely to be 10 degrees lower than Thursday's

Holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine in Taipei Thursday.

Holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine in Taipei Thursday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Following a sunny Thursday, the weather was likely to turn cold and humid by the end of the day with the mercury plunging at least 10 degrees, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The third day of the Year of the Pig saw packed highways and trains heading to popular daytrip destinations, but a change for the worse was looming over the next part of the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday.

Mass Rapid Transit trains heading for the seaside district of Tamsui in New Taipei City were packed early Thursday, while an average speed of 14 kilometers per hour was reported on a key road between Toucheng and Yilan City along Taiwan’s east coast in Yilan County, cable station TVBS reported.

However, in contrast to the relatively warm weather during most of the first part of the holiday, Thursday night would see temperatures drop from a range of 26 to 31 degrees to a possible minimum of 14 degrees overnight in some areas, the Central News Agency reported.

For Friday, a maximum temperature of about 21 degrees was expected for the north and northeast.

At the same time, forecasters warned that with northeasterly winds gaining strength, heavy showers would become more likely, especially in Keelung and along the north coast, and possibly lasting into the weekend.