Strongest cold surge of winter to hit Taiwan

The strongest cold surge of winter is about to go south. It is expected that the snow line will drop below 2 thousand meters. (photo by CNA)

By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low

Taipei, (CNA) ─ A cold surge, projected to be the strongest of the winter to date, will reach Taiwan late Friday on the heels of a continental air mass, with temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius expected to persist into early next week, the Central Weather Bureau
(CWB) said.

Daytime highs on Friday are forecast to be 12-15 degrees in northern Taiwan, 12-18 degrees in central areas and 14-21 degrees in the south, according to CWB forecaster Chang Cheng-chuan (張承傳). Early Saturday, the mercury will plunge to 7 degrees in downtown Taipei and 6 degrees in coastal and rural areas around Taiwan, Chang said.

A cold surge will reach Taiwan late Friday on the heels of a continental air mass, and temperatures below 6 degrees Celsius expected in western coastal area next week. (photo by CNA)

The cold surge will be severest on Sunday and Monday, when daytime temperatures will remain below 10 degrees in northern Taiwan, with a chance of snow at elevations above 1,000 meters, he said.

In central and southern Taiwan, snowfall is expected in areas above 2,000 meters, he added. The cold wave will begin to weaken next Wednesday, allowing temperatures to rise gradually, he said. With moisture remaining abundant, rainy weather will continue in northern and eastern Taiwan over the next few days, Chang Cheng-chuan said.

With the strongest cold surge, there is the opportunity to see snowfall at Yangming Mountain. (photo by CNA)