The China Post news staff
A cold air front arriving from mainland China will bring temperatures as low as 11 degrees Celsius along with heavy mist from high atmospheric water vapor until Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) announced yesterday.
The bureau yesterday issued a special report for fog after heavy mists pervaded western Taiwan and surrounding islets such as Penghu, Matsu and Kinmen. Fog also shrouded Taoyuan and Chiayi, with visibility measured at less than 200 meters. For the next three days, the incoming cold air front will cause temperatures to drop even lower, with northern coastal areas at 11 C, Taipei City and middle regions at 13 C, and temperatures at around 15 C in southern Taiwan.
By Saturday, the cold front will lose its impact and temperatures will rise again, although the warmth will also bring fog to western areas and islets. Although damp weather is expected, the Water Resources Agency (WRA) said the amount of rain predicted for March and April is lower than past years, which will not help the water shortages reported at Hsinchu Science Park and Central Taiwan Science Park.
This is despite the fact that the CWB cited stations in Keelung, Anpu, Chutzuhu and Taipei City as breaking the record with the greatest number of rainy days in January. Keelung alone, rained for 30 days straight. However, the CWB predicted that the spring season will only have small showers, which will do little to ease the water shortages feared by the WRA in Hsinchu and central Taiwan.