Cold weather, good air forecast for weekend

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TAIPEI (CNA) — A strong continental cold air mass passing over Taiwan will affect the island the most on Dec. 29, but good air is expected across the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

The cold wave brought temperatures down to 11-12 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and 13-16 degrees in the rest of the country early Saturday morning, CWB said.

During the daytime, the mercury is expected to rise to 13-15 degrees in the north and 22-24 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, the bureau said.

It urged the public to keep warm due to the big difference between daytime and nighttime temperature.

As of 1 p.m., the air quality in most areas across the island was good to fair, thanks to the rain and wind brought by the cold air mass, according to the EPA.

It forecast that air quality monitoring stations in Kaohsiung and Pingtung could record an orange alert due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants in those areas.

The outlying Matsu and Kinmen islands will also see air unhealthy for sensitive groups due to pollutant concentration in southeast China, according to the EPA.

By Yu Hsiao-han, Li Hsi-chang, and Chi Jo-yao