TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The current wave of northeasterly winds will ease on Wednesday (Nov. 15), but a new cold front is expected to arrive on Thursday (Nov. 16) that could bring weekend temperatures to as low as 10 C.
Central Weather Administration (CWA) meteorologist Wu Wan-hua (伍婉華) on Tuesday (Nov. 14) said the northeasterly winds currently impacting Taiwan will weaken on Wednesday, reported UDN. Wu said that a new front will arrive on Thursday that will reach the intensity level of a continental cold air mass leading to lows of 13 C and even lower in open areas of the north from Friday to Saturday (Nov. 17-18) morning.
The lowest temperature recorded on Tuesday was 15.2 C in New Taipei City's Ruifang District. Meteorologist Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said on Tuesday there will be brief showers in Taoyuan City and areas north and eastern Taiwan.
Central and southern parts of the country will see partly cloudy to sunny skies on Tuesday.
Temperatures will range between 16 and 22 C in the north, 17 to 27 C in central Taiwan, 17 to 31 C in the south, and 16 to 29 C in the east.
Wu predicted northeasterly winds will weaken on Wednesday, and during the first half of the day on Thursday, temperatures will rise slightly. Brief showers will be likely in the east.
Around noon on Thursday, the new front will arrive, causing brief rain in central Taiwan and areas to the north and east. As dry and cold air behind the front moves southward, the rainfall will gradually subside and temperatures will drop sharply.
Wu forecasted that from Friday to Monday (Nov. 20), a high-pressure system will affect Taiwan, bringing clear skies. Friday morning will be cold, with temperatures comfortable during the day.
Friday night, radiative cooling will increase, dropping temperatures. From Friday night to Saturday morning, temperatures will likely meet the definition of a continental cold air mass, which is a temperature of 14 C or less at the Taipei weather station, Wu said.
Wu predicted that low temperatures in some coastal areas and flat areas during this period would drop to about 10 C.
The mercury is expected to rise slightly during the day on Saturday (Nov. 18). It will be cold from that evening to Sunday morning (Nov. 19).
As for Sunday morning, Wu forecasted that the lowest temperature in flat areas could dip to 11 C. He predicted from Sunday to Monday (Nov. 20), the continental cold air mass will weaken and temperatures will rise day by day.
During the day on Sunday and Monday, Wu said conditions will be comfortable in northern Taiwan and slightly hot in the south, with temperatures cooler in the mornings and evenings.