Seasonal northeasterly winds affecting Taiwan grew stronger Monday, sending temperatures to as low as 12.7 degrees Celsius in New Taipei in the afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
CWB forecaster Kuan Hsin-ping (官欣平) said the lowest temperature in Taiwan as of 8 p.m., Monday was 12.7 degrees recorded in New Taipei’s Cape Fugui.
That was followed by 13.4 degrees in Ruifang District in New Taipei and 13.6 degrees in Qidu District in Keelung.
Those areas and other places registering the day’s lows were near coastal areas, but major urban areas in the north also turned cooler because of the northeasterly winds, with average temperatures falling to 15-16 degrees, according to Kuan.
The lowest temperature in downtown Taipei was 15.8 degrees recorded at 4:50 p.m. in Xinyi District near Taipei City Hall.
The seasonal winds were packed with moisture on Monday, and while they should become drier Tuesday, northern Taiwan will continue to see overcast skies, and the northern coast of Keelung, mountainous areas in Greater Taipei, and Yilan could again experience rainfall, Kuan said.
The moisture in the air should be almost gone by Wednesday, Kuan said, resulting in a dry cold.
The decrease in moisture and potential increase in radiant cooling could lead Taipei to feel the effects of a continental cold air mass between the evening of Wednesday and early in the morning the following day, with temperatures dipping to 14-15 degrees.
The effects of the seasonal winds will continue until Nov. 12, and temperatures should start to rebound on Nov. 13, Kuan said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel