TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As a continental cold air mass continues to blast into Taiwan, Hsinchu County saw the mercury dip down to 7.9 degrees Celsius Monday morning (Dec. 9) and the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has issued a cold surge advisory for 13 counties and cities in the country.
Early this morning the effects of a continental cold air mass and radiative cooling caused the mercury to drop to below 10 degrees from Hsinchu to Tainan, as well as Nantou, Hualien, and Taitung. The lowest temperature recorded at a ground weather station in the country was 7.9 degrees at Baoshan Station in Hsinchu County.
At 5:23 a.m., the CWB issued a cold surge advisory for 13 counties and cities in Taiwan including, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Hualien County, Changhua County, Nantou Couty, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Taitung County, and Kaohsiung City.
However, the cold air mass is expected to begin to weaken today and highs are expected to climb over 20 degrees across the country. During the day, the mercury is predicted to rise to between 21 and 23 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan and 24 and 27 degrees in southern and eastern Taiwan, but temperatures are expected to drop dramatically again tonight.
The low temperatures are expected to dip down to 14 and 16 degrees in northern, northeastern, central, and southern Taiwan, while eastern Taiwan will see the mercury drop to 18 degrees. In terms of the weather, only northern Taiwan and eastern Taiwan are expected to see cloudy skies, while central and southern Taiwan will see sunny skies.
On Tuesday (Dec. 10) morning and evening, temperatures will continue to be cold, but the weather will be generally stable. Only eastern and northern Taiwan may see occasional rain, while other areas will see partly cloudy to sunny skies.
On Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 11 and 12), the northeast winds will increase slightly and the high temperatures in northern Taiwan will drop to between 20 and 21 degrees, while other areas will see highs range between 24 and 27 degrees. During this period, cloud cover will increase in northern and eastern Taiwan, bringing occasional rain, while central and southern Taiwan will likely see partly cloudy to sunny skies.
From Friday to next Sunday (Dec. 13 to 15), the northeast wind will weaken and temperatures in northern Taiwan will pick up during the day, with sporadic showers in eastern and northern Taiwan. Central and southern Taiwan will continue to see partly cloudy to sunny skies with the mercury climbing to 28 degrees during the day.
Throughout this week, there will be large temperature differences between day and night across the country. Residents are advised to dress in layers to help adjust to the temperature swings.