Mercury in northern Taiwan forecast to dip to 13 degrees Friday

TAIPEI, (CNA) – With a continental cold air mass approaching, the temperature in northern Taiwan is expected to dip as low as 13 degrees Celsius Friday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said with cold air moving southward, daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan could fall to 17-18 degrees Friday, down from around 23 degrees a day earlier, moisture levels are expected to stay high and rain could be seen.

Moreover, temperatures are expected to fall further to 13-14 degrees in northern Taiwan at night, the CWB said.

Cloudy skies are forecast in central and southern areas with temperature highs expected to hit 24-30 degrees before falling to 15-17 degrees at night, the CWB said, urging the public to remain vigilant over the day-night temperature gap.

Hualien and Taitung in the east could see sporadic showers with daytime temperatures of around 25 degrees expected and the mercury forecast to fall to 18 degrees at night, the bureau said.

The lowest temperature in low-lying parts of Taiwan early Friday morning was 17 degrees, recorded at the CWB’s Tamsui monitoring station in New Taipei, according to the bureau.

The cold air mass is expected to continue to affect Taiwan and temperatures are expected to fall further on Saturday and Sunday, the bureau said.

The CWB said Typhoon Wutip was located about 3,360 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip as of 2 a.m. Friday, moving in a west-northwesterly direction toward Japan and is unlikely to have a direct impact on Taiwan.

Meanwhile, air quality in parts of northern and central Taiwan, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung is expected to be good to fair on Friday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

However, due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is flashing an “orange alert” in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, indicating unhealthy levels of pollutants for sensitive groups, according to the EPA.

By Chang Ya-ching and Frances Huang