Mercury could drop by 10 degrees tonight in N. Taiwan

Low temperature could plummet to 14 degrees in N. Taiwan on Sunday

NOAA animated GIF of NW Pacific.

NOAA animated GIF of NW Pacific.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to plummet today by up to 10 degrees Celsius, as a weather front arrives and a northeast monsoon strengthens, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

On Saturday (March 23), central, northern, northeast, and east Taiwan will feel the effects of a northeast monsoon.

Scattered showers are likely in central, northern, and eastern Taiwan, as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, and mountainous areas of southern Taiwan. The rest of the country will see cloudy skies.

CWB forecaster Lee Meng-hsuan (李孟軒) predicts that central and eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas of southern Taiwan will see scattered showers today. Northern Taiwan will become significantly colder, with highs of 21 to 22 degrees, representing a 10-degree drop from the high of 32 degrees seen on Thursday (March 21).

Other areas of Taiwan will feel less of a change, with highs rising to 25 and 28 degrees in eastern Taiwan and 29 to 31 degrees in central Taiwan, with lows of 17 to 19 degrees. The weather front will gradually move southward, resulting in an increase in rainfall in central and southern parts of Taiwan.

By early Sunday morning (March 24), as the northeast monsoon reaches its peak, the low temperatures in northern Taiwan could drop to 14 degrees, while Taipei will likely hit 15 degrees.

The northeast monsoon will gradually start to weaken from Sunday to Wednesday (March 27) and temperatures will begin to rise again. However, there will still be a great deal of moisture in the air on Monday, which will likely bring scattered showers to northern and eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas.

Central Taiwan will be affected by the wet conditions and the weather will not begin to stabilize until Tuesday (March 26), when temperatures are expected to begin rising.