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Southwest monsoon brings high chance of rain to Taiwan

Too early to tell if tropical depression will hit Taiwan, says Central Weather Bureau

(Central Weather Bureau photo)

(Central Weather Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A tropical depression above the Pacific is moving generally westward, and though its route is difficult to predict, it is likely to bring rain to Taiwan, reported CNA on Saturday (Aug. 14).

Wu Te-rong (吳德榮), professor at the National Central University Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said the tropical depression’s route is uncertain after it reaches the vicinity of Guam. Forecast models show the storm traveling as far north as the Korean peninsula or as far south as Luzon in the Philippines.

The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) promoted the storm’s status to a typhoon before demoting it back to a tropical depression, added Wu. Japan’s Meteorological Agency maintained its categorization of the storm as a tropical depression.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that due to the southwest monsoon, there is a high chance of rain in south Taiwan. Other areas should expect showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Highs will range between 31 and 35 degrees Celsius. The CWB called on residents in Matzu, north Taiwan, and the southeast to keep an eye out for strong winds along the coast.