The Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) issued a cold weather alert yesterday afternoon while confirming its forecast made over the weekend that Taiwan will not warm up until Thursday.
Rain showers are also possible in the next two to three days, the CWB said.
Because of the strength of the cold air mass from northern China, the weather grew colder yesterday, with the bureau issuing a low temperature alert at 4 p.m. The alert warned that as the cold air mass covered the island, temperatures would drop below 10 degrees Celsius in areas north of Chiayi and the northeastern coast, and the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu.
According to the CWB, the temperature in Danshuei went below 10 degrees yesterday evening.
Temperatures in southern Taiwan are expected to reach lows of 12 degrees, the CWB predicted.
The CWB said that the cold air mass is expected to start to weaken this Thursday and temperatures would begin to rise at that time.
Furthermore the CWB forecast showers today in northern, eastern, northeastern Taiwan and the mountain area in the central part of the island.
And as soon as there is enough mist, it might snow in the mountains with altitudes above 3,000 meters, the CWB said.
The CWB urged farmers and aquaculture farmers to take strict precautions against damage from cold weather and called on people to keep their apartments well ventilated when using water heaters to prevent any chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.