Mercury could drop to 18 degrees Celsius this weekend

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In this Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, a pedestrian wears a sweater and face mask in downtown Taipei. According Central Weather Bureau, significantly cooler weather is forecast for this weekend as a wave of seasonal northeasterly wind reaches Taiwan on Friday. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Significantly cooler weather is forecast for this weekend as a wave of seasonal northeasterly wind reaches Taiwan on Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

Between late Saturday and early Sunday, the mercury could drop to 18 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and 19-21 degrees in central and southern areas, the bureau said, advising the public to prepare for the temperature drop.

The northeasterly winds are expected to weaken next Monday when temperatures will increase, it said.

On Thursday, the weather around the country will remain relatively warm, with daytime highs forecast to reach 28 degrees Celsius in northern regions and 29-31 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, according to the CWB.

However, a moist weather front is forecast to arrive late on Thursday and bring rainfall, particularly in northern Taiwan, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, the air quality around Taiwan is expected to be good or fair throughout much of the country Thursday, except for Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan and the offshore county of Kinmen, according to the Environmental Protection Administration’s Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed orange in Kinmen and Kaohsiung’s Qiaotou Township, meaning “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” with high PM2.5 and PM10 particulate concentrations. 

By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low