Rain expected in Taiwan in coming week

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Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Significant rainfall can be expected around Taiwan in the next seven days due to the influence of a weather front and southwesterly currents, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.

Residents in the western parts of the country, in particular, should prepare for heavy or extremely heavy rain, reaching 80 millimeters to 200 millimeters within 24 hours, starting Wednesday, according to CWB forecaster Lin Po-tung (林柏東).

The front and southwesterly winds will continue to affect Taiwan until the Dragon Boat Festival on June 18, he said.

Although rain is expected to ease the following day, moisture will remain abundant around Taiwan, leaving a chance of sporadic showers and even continued rainfall in parts of the country, he said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)