Downpours expected to continue Tuesday

According to CWB, heavy rains are expected to continue Tuesday with temperatures moving lower as a weather front hits Taiwan. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Heavy rains are expected to continue Tuesday with temperatures moving lower as a weather front hits Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The weather system brought thunderstorms to all parts of Taiwan early Tuesday morning, and further downpours were expected to affect Taiwan later in the day, the CWB said, adding that the unstable weather conditions were likely to continue into Wednesday.

Miaoli had accumulated 99 millimeters of rainfall from midnight Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday, the most of any region in Taiwan, followed by Taichung with 66mm, the CWB said.

Tainan in southern Taiwan received 61mm of rain during that time after the Southern Region Water Resources Office of the Water Resources Agency (WRA) seeded clouds in early morning hours over the Zengwen and Nanhua reservoirs, which have low water levels.

The cloud-seeding efforts are expected to bring the Zengwen Reservoir about 1 million cubic meters of water and the Nanhua Reservoir more than 200,000 cubic meters of water, according to the WRA.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, water reserves at the Zengwen Reservoir were 5.53 percent of capacity, up from 5.48 percent Monday at 7 a.m., but they had fallen to 27.68 percent of capacity at the Nanhua Reservoir, down from 28.03 percent 25 hours earlier.

The weather front is expected to push daytime highs on Tuesday to 26-27 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and to around 30 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, from 33-34 degrees seen on Monday, the CWB said.

Temperatures will fall further at night to 21-22 degrees in northern Taiwan and 22-23 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.

The CWB urged fishing boats sailing along coastal areas, and near the Hengchun Peninsula and outlying islands, such as Kinmen and Matsu, to keep alert for strong winds caused by the weather front.

(By Wang Hsu-fen, Chang Jung-shiang and Frances Huang)