Taiwan is bracing for its coldest day of the year so far as 19 cities and counties have issued low temperature warnings.
Taiwan temperatures are forecast to drop below 9 degrees Celsius in all northern parts of Tainan between Saturday night and Sunday morning (Feb. 20). Only much of Pingtung district and a small part of Gaocheng city and Taidong district will have temperatures about 14 degrees higher.
The Central Weather Bureau predicted that even on Sunday, maximum temperatures would reach only 12 to 13 degrees in northern Tainan and 15 to 18 degrees in Huaning and Taidong counties along the east coast. Matsu Island offshore, near the coast of China’s Fujian province, could face a Saturday night low of 6 degrees Celsius or lower, according to forecasters.
The coldest of this winter so far will last at least until Monday morning, although cold and wet weather is forecast to continue for several more days. Starting Tuesday, temperatures will start to rise by one degree Celsius per day, the report said, and the likelihood of rain will decrease.
Forecasters said over the weekend could also see snowfall at high altitudes, above 2000 meters in the north and over 3,000 meters in the south, forecasters said.