CWB point to La Nina as reason for colder weather


TAIPEI–Taiwan is still under the influence of La Nina this winter, which will result in lower rainfall and colder temperatures than average in February and March, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.

The average temperature in February this year is expected to be around 17 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius in March, the CWB said.

The average February temperature fluctuated between 16.8-18.1 degrees Celsius for the past 30 years, while the average March temperature ranges between 18.8 and 20.7 degrees, CWB data shows.

La Nina results in the cooling of ocean temperatures in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, said Chia Hsin-hsing, chief of the bureau’s long-range forecast section.

Meanwhile, the CWB said the rain forecast for northern Taiwan in February and March this year is 100 mm and 150 mm, respectively.

The average precipitation ranges from 69.7 mm-217.7 mm in northern Taiwan in February and 133.2 mm-190 mm in March.