Sunny skies forecast across Taiwan on Monday


TAIPEI (CNA) — As the cold front that has affected Taiwan over the past few days weakens, sunny skies are forecast across the country Monday with temperature highs of 25 degrees Celsius expected in the north, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

As the wind system weakens, daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to rise to as high as 25 degrees Monday, up 2-3 degrees from a day earlier but the mercury is forecast to drop to 15-16 degrees at night, the CWB said.

The bureau urged people to remain vigilant over the large day-night temperature differential.

In central and southern Taiwan, temperature highs are expected to hit 25 and 28 degrees, respectively Monday, up 1-2 degrees from a day earlier, while nighttime temperatures are set to fall to 16-18 degrees.

Strong winds are forecast Monday in areas north of Taichung, eastern Taiwan (including Green Island and Orchid Island) and Hengchun Peninsula in the south, as well as the offshore Penghu islands, the CWB said.

With large waves possible off the coast of Keelung and northeastern coastal areas, the bureau urged fishing boats and people engaged in outdoors activities to be particularly vigilant.

Stable weather conditions are expected to continue into Tuesday before another wind system arrives on Wednesday, bringing rain around the country and sending daytime temperatures lower, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, air quality in Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan was rated “good” on Monday, while in northern and central Taiwan, Yilan in the east, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the south, as well as outlying Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu islands, it was “fair”, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

However, in some parts of Kaohsiung and Pingtung, the air Quality Index flashed an orange alert, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, the EPA said.