Cold front sends mercury plunging in Taiwan

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Northern and eastern Taiwan are expected to experience downpours and a prolonged period of rain, according to the Central Weather Bureau. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – The weather in Taiwan is turning wet and cold Saturday due to strengthening seasonal northeasterly winds and the arrival of the strongest cold front so far this autumn, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Northern and eastern Taiwan, in particular, are expected to experience downpours and a prolonged period of rain, the bureau said.

As the cold air moves gradually southwards, temperatures in northern Taiwan are forecast to fall to 21-22 degrees Celsius by Saturday noon and further to 15-17 degrees by early Sunday, according to the CWB.

Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan will also see the mercury drop to below 20 degrees by late Saturday, the bureau added.

Meanwhile, CWB data showed that a tropical depression near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea strengthened Saturday morning into a tropical storm, named Kirogi.

The storm is expected to head toward the Indochinese Peninsula and will not affect Taiwan, the bureau said.

By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low