Chilly weather expected for New Year’s countdown parties

People in northern Taiwan who ring in the new year at outdoor bashes will likely face chilly weather, with temperatures falling to as low as 13 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night. (NOWnews)
People in northern Taiwan who ring in the new year at outdoor bashes will likely face chilly weather, with temperatures falling to as low as 13 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — People in northern Taiwan who ring in the new year at outdoor bashes will likely face chilly weather, with temperatures falling to as low as 13 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB said daytime temperatures are expected to fall 4 degrees from a day earlier in northern Taiwan to 17-18 degrees and move 2-3 degrees lower in central Taiwan to 20 degrees.

In the south, daytime highs are expected to remain at about 24 degrees, the CWB said.

At night, the northeasterly wind system that is delivering colder weather will intensify, sending temperatures down to 13-15 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, 14 degrees in central Taiwan and 16 degrees in the south.

Those temperatures, which are relatively cold for Taiwan, will be felt by the hundreds of thousands of people around Taiwan expected to gather for outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations Tuesday, including a massive party for a fireworks display at the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei in northern Taiwan.

Though the weather should turn chilly, it should be dry outside, the CWB said. Sporadic showers are expected in Keelung and northern coastal areas, and brief patches of light rain could be seen in the Greater Taipei area and Hualien and Taitung in the east.

Due to the wind system, long waves are forecast in Keelung and the northern coastal areas, eastern Taiwan, and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south during the day, the CWB said.

The weather system is expected to continue into New Year’s Day on Wednesday, but daytime temperatures are expected to rebound to 20 degrees in the north and 24-25 degrees in the central and southern parts of the country.

Occasional showers are forecast for the Greater Taipei area and eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, while partly cloudy or sunny skies are possible elsewhere in the country, the CWB said.