Cold front hitting Taiwan today, dropping mercury to 9 degrees
According to Taiwan News — A continental cold air mass is poised to strike Taiwan, dropping temperatures for the rest of the week to as low as 9 degrees Celsius in the north by Friday (Feb. 19) while a tropical storm looms.
The weather bureau predicts that starting from early Thursday morning (Feb. 18), moisture in the air will begin to diminish and the odds of precipitation will dwindle for the rest of the week. However, the cold weather will continue to intensify, with the lowest temperatures likely to occur between Feb. 18 evening and Feb. 19 morning.
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that from Feb.18 to 19 to Friday, lows in the central, northern, northeastern, and eastern parts of the country will range from 9 to 13 degrees, with an apparent temperature of 5, while the rest of the nation will see the mercury range between 14 and 17 degrees. The apparent temperature is what the temperature feels like to the human body when taking into account air temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed.
Over those two days, Miaoli County will see the mercury dip to 9 degrees, while Yilan, Yunlin, Chiayi, and Lienchiang counties will see a low of 10 degrees, according to the CWB. WeatherRisk Director Chia Hsin-hsing (賈新興) predicts that due to radiative cooling, low temperatures in northern open areas and coastal zones could drop down to 7 or 8 degrees on Friday (Feb. 19).
Taiwan News added, Tropical Disturbance 91W, which is situated to the east of the Philippines, is expected to develop into the first tropical storm of the year — Tropical Storm Dujuan (杜鵑) — within the next 48 to 60 hours. The periphery of the storm is expected to begin to affect the central and southern parts of the Philippines on Thursday and impact the country for three more days.
Dujuan is expected to enter the South China Sea on Feb. 23, when it could potentially bring rain to Taiwan.