Cooler weather, obscured moon expected for Moon Festival

The Central Weather Bureau issued advisories for heavy rain and extremely heavy rain for seven counties and cities -- Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and Pingtung.

TAIPEI (CNA) – Intensifying northeasterly winds, cooler weather and an obscured moon are expected Wednesday for the annual Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB, 中央氣象局).

The northeasterly winds are expected to bring steady rainfall and cloud cover that will prevent people in eastern Taiwan and in areas north of Taoyuan from seeing the full moon that the festival celebrates, CWB forecaster Lin Ding-yi (林定宜) said.

Daytime high temperatures, however, will fall to 29-30 degrees in northern and eastern Taiwan after a period of unseasonably high temperatures over the past few days, Lin said.

The bureau also issued advisories for heavy rain and extremely heavy rain for seven counties and cities — Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and Pingtung.

People in those regions should be prepared for lightning, gusty winds and flooding in low-lying areas, Lin warned.

The weather is expected to stabilize on Thursday as the northeasterly winds weaken, though the next wave of seasonal winds is likely to approach Taiwan on Friday and will last through Sunday, he said.

Although the winds are forecast to weaken from Monday, all parts of Taiwan should expect rainy weather during the first three days of the four-day National Day holiday Oct. 7-10 due to the passage of tropical disturbances near Taiwan. 

By Flor Wang