Mercury forecast to drop to 19 degrees Celsius this weekend

TAIPEI (CNA) – The mercury could fall to as low as 19 degrees Celsius in parts of Taiwan from this weekend as seasonal northeasterly winds bring a stronger wave of cold air into the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.

The cold air is expected to remain over Taiwan from Oct. 21-25, bringing down daytime highs to 22-24 degrees in northern Taiwan and 22-29 degrees in central regions, the bureau said.

While northern Taiwan will remain rainy during that period, overnight temperatures are likely to drop to 19 degrees in northern, central and eastern regions, according to the CWB.

On Thursday, rain can be expected in northern and northeastern Taiwan due to abundant moisture brought in by northeasterly winds, the bureau said.

In particular, there will be heavy rain in Keelung, on Taiwan’s northern coast, and in mountainous areas of greater Taipei, the bureau said.

The temperatures in northern Taiwan on Thursday will be slightly lower than a day earlier, with daytime highs ranging from 25-28 degrees, the CWB said.

Highs of 29-32 degrees are forecast for the rest of the country.

Overnight temperatures around Taiwan will be between 23 degrees and 25 degrees, the bureau said. 

By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low