Mercury in Taiwan could drop to 13 degrees over weekend

Balmy conditions in Taiwan today will give way to chilly weather over weekend

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Although Taiwan will see balmy weather today, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that temperatures could dip down to 13 degrees Celsius over the weekend as a weather front arrives and a northeast monsoon intensifies.

The CWB predicts that most of Taiwan will see sunny to partly cloudy skies, with more clouds and occasional scattered showers in mountainous areas in the afternoon. As for the temperatures, the highs will range between 29 to 32 degrees, but the prevailing winds will shift to the southwest today, and the lows will dip to 18 to 21 degrees tonight.

Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said that a weather front will arrive Friday morning, and the northeastern monsoon will also gain strength. Wu predicted that low temperatures in open areas along the coast of northern Taiwan could drop down 13 degrees on Saturday and Sunday (March 23 and 24).

Wu said that from Sunday through Wednesday (March 27), the northeast monsoon will gradually weaken, but northern and eastern parts of Taiwan will continue to see a lot of moisture. During this period, Wu predicts that there will be scattered showers in northern and eastern Taiwan, as well as in mountainous areas.

During this period, Wu predicts that the weather in central and southern Taiwan will be relatively stable and the temperatures will rise sharply.