Temperatures in N. Taiwan to drop by 5 to 8 degrees Celsius today

Weather front, northeast monsoon to bring rain and cooler temperatures today to Taiwan

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As a weather front arrives and a northeast monsoon strengthens today, scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely in much of Taiwan, while northern and northeastern Taiwan will see high temperatures drop by five to eight degrees Celsius compared to Thursday (April 25), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said that as a weather front arrives today, the probability of rainfall is higher in all parts of the country. Thunderstorms are possible in some parts of western Taiwan, especially in the afternoon, when precipitation will be more pronounced and high temperatures will decrease.

The CWB reports that there has already been rainfall in the eastern half of Taiwan and mountainous areas of northern Taiwan early this morning. The weather front is expected to bring intermittent rainfall throughout Taiwan and thunderstorms may occur in parts of western Taiwan.

The rainfall brought on by this weather front will likely come in short, rapid bursts. After the convective cells pass, there is still a likelihood of short periods of heavy rainfall.

Therefore, those traveling outdoors are advised to carry rain gear for sudden downpours.

In terms of temperatures, the northeast monsoon will gain in strength as the weather front passes through. High temperatures in northern and northeastern Taiwan will be five to eight degrees lower than Thursday.

High temperatures in eastern Taiwan will be two to three degrees lower than Thursday, while highs in central and southern Taiwan will remain balmy at over 30 degrees.