Changeable weather forecast for Taiwan

A pedestrian crosses a street in downtown Taipei in this file photo from Sept. 27, 2017. The Central Weather Bureau expects unsettled and changeable weather through Sunday. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Unsettled and changeable weather is expected to continue through Sunday, with rain in parts of Taiwan, due to the effects of northeasterly winds and a tropical depression near the Philippines, according to the Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局).

Continual rain is forecast for eastern Taiwan, while the greater Taipei area is expected to experience sporadic showers, said Liu Yu-chi (劉宇其), a forecaster at the CWB. Meanwhile, the bureau issued a heavy rain or an extremely heavy rain warning for four cites and counties in the east.

Hualien, Taitung and the Hengchun Peninsula are expected to experience heavy rain, which means accumulated rainfall exceeding 80 mm within 24 hours, or 40 mm within an hour, according to the CWB forecast.

Yilan County is expected to see heavy rain or extremely heavy rain, with accumulated rainfall of over 200 mm within 24 hours, or 100 mm within three hours, the bureau forecast.

Keelung and the northern coastal area and mountainous areas of greater Taipei can also expect precipitation, Liu said, adding that people in those regions should be alert to sudden downpours, thunder and gusty winds.

Liu also warned of possible landslides and falling rocks in mountainous areas and potential flooding in low-lying regions.

With weakening northeasterly winds, the weather in the greater Taipei area is expected to turn dry and sunny Monday, but eastern Taiwan will remain rainy until Tuesday due to the influence of a tropical depression, Liu added.

In the west, the weather will be largely sunny and cloudy Monday, with daytime high temperatures expected to hit 36 degrees Celsius.

However, rain will return to eastern and northern Taiwan after the four-day Double Ten National Day holiday ends on Tuesday, due to moisture brought by a tropical disturbance near the Philippines, according to Daniel Wu (吳德榮), a weather forecaster and adjunct professor at National Central University.

By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao