TAIPEI (CNA) — There have no cold spells in Taiwan since the start of winter last December but the first one may arrive later this month or in February, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said on Jan. 10.
Defining a cold spell as a short period of cold weather in which temperatures drop below 10 degrees Celsius, CWB forecaster Lu Kuo-chen (呂國臣) said the first one in the winter of 1987 did not arrive until March 7 the following year.
In 2017, he said, there were no cold spells in Taiwan as the lowest temperature recorded was 10.4 degrees in Taipei.
According to the CWB, winter in Taiwan usually lasts from December to February.
Wu Der-romg (吳德榮), an adjunct associate professor at National Central University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said Thursday in an interview that it is too soon to conclude there will be no cold spells in Taiwan this winter.
Scientific weather forecasting is accurate for no more than 10 days ahead, which means current forecasts cannot accurately predict whether any cold spells will hit Taiwan before the end of winter, he said.
Meanwhile, the CWB said the current mild weather across Taiwan will continue into Friday.
On Saturday, the weather will turn cooler and rainy in northern and eastern Taiwan, with lows of 16-17 degrees due to the approach of seasonal northeastern winds, the CWB said.
By Chen Wei-ting and Yu-Chen Chung