Temperature to drop by 10 degrees tomorrow in N. Taiwan

First plum rain front of season to bring wet weather and much cooler temperatures to northern Taiwan

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that as the first plum rain front of the season arrives on Wednesday (May 1), high temperatures in northern Taiwan will drop by 10 degrees Celsius.

Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said that due to the influence of a warm air mass, the daytime highs today will be sweltering, with the high temperature in southern Taiwan reaching 36 degrees. Wu said that the first weather front of the plum rain season will arrive Wednesday morning in Taitung as southwesterly winds blow over the mountains.

Wu said that skies will be partly cloudy to sunny across the country today. He predicted that convection in the afternoon could bring rain to northern, northeastern, and central Taiwan, as well as neighboring plains.

Temperatures today will range between 23 and 34 degrees in northern and central Taiwan, 24 and 36 degrees in southern Taiwan, and 23 and 35 degrees in eastern Taiwan, according to Wu.

The CWB said that the first plum rain front of the season will arrive on Wednesday (May 1) and will last until Friday (May 3). The CWB said that the weather during this period will be quite unstable with intermittent showers or thunderstorms likely to occur throughout the country, with local downpours possible.

Due to heavy rainfall and the influence of a northeast monsoon, the temperature in all parts of the country will have a downward trend. Northern Taiwan, in particular, will see the biggest temperature change with highs dropping by about 10 degrees compared with today.

From Friday to Saturday (May 4), the front will have left Taiwan, and the northeast monsoon will have weakened. During this period, there will be some scattered showers in the eastern half of the country, while the rest of the country will see partly cloudy to sunny skies and brief thunderstorms in the afternoon.

By Sunday (May 5) and Monday (May 6), there will be local showers in northern and eastern parts of the country, while other areas will see cloudy skies, and there will be local, brief thunderstorms in the afternoon.

The CWB predicts that another front will approach or affect Taiwan from May 7 to May 9, when the weather will become unstable again. Local scattered showers in the northern and eastern half of the country are likely during this period, while the weather will be cloudy in other areas.