Clearer skies after thunderstorms hit Northern Taiwan

By Chen Fan-neng, Special to The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Northern Taiwan was enjoying a reprieve Monday evening after being lashed by heavy rain and lightning earlier in the day.

Although a heavy rain advisory was still in place for all of Taiwan proper — with an extremely heavy rain advisory remaining in place for Taipei and New Taipei — skies had cleared up and looked set to be partly to mostly clear through to Tuesday morning.

Occasional rain and thunder is forecast for Tuesday afternoon, except for the outlying islands, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Earlier Monday, thundershowers and strong winds sent people fleeing indoors and caused chaos on the roads, as blankets of rain made the Taipei skyline fade into gray.

One man, surnamed Chen, complained on social media that “the rain is so heavy I can hardly see the car in front of me,” while a user on his way to a job interview fumed the heavy rain was bringing him bad luck.

The most rain Monday fell in New Taipei’s Xindian District, which had recorded 83 mm as of 7 p.m., while Beipu Township in Hsinchu County came in for the second most with 80.5 mm.

On Facebook, one user astonished by a downpour asked: “Is this a typhoon?”

There actually is a severe tropical storm a few hundred kilometers to Taiwan’s northeast, but it’s moving away and never posed a threat of making landfall.

The rest of this week will see highs in the low to mid 30s continue, with more afternoon thunderstorms also expected.