Rain forecast to recede in southern Taiwan

According to CWB, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, a heavy rain alert remains in place in outlying Kinmen and Penghu islands.

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA)-With the effects of a southwesterly airstream fading, torrential rain in southern Taiwan is expected to reduce Thursday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang said the weather conditions in the south could stabilize to some extent as the southwesterly airstream starts to weaken Thursday and it is possible
the bureau will lift a heavy rain warning for Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung later in the day.

In addition to Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, a heavy rain alert remains in place in outlying Kinmen and Penghu islands, Cheng said.

Under the CWB’s warning system, heavy rain means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour.

The current airstream has brought torrential rain to central and southern Taiwan since Aug. 23, causing serious flooding in several counties and cities. Agricultural losses due to flooding have been estimated at almost NT$750 million (US$24.39 million) at least.

While dry weather is forecast for other parts of Taiwan Thursday, Cheng said the public should keep alert over occasional showers or even thundershowers in mountainous areas, particularly in the afternoon.

Cheng said that due to heavier cloud cover, the weather in southern Taiwan is expected to be cooler than other parts of the country, with daytime temperatures forecast to hit 28 degrees Celsius Thursday, compared with 30 degrees in central Taiwan, 33 degrees in the north and 29 degrees in the east.

The forecaster said that since a high pressure system in the Pacific is expected to gather strength over the next few days, Taiwan is forecast to have stable weather conditions.

He said that starting from September, Taiwan is expected to have sunny skies with scorching heat.

As of 2 a.m. Thursday, Typhoon Jebi was located 3,120 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving toward Japan. Cheng said the storm is not expected to affect Taiwan.