Taipei, Tropical Storm Yutu is forecast to fade to a tropical depression late on Friday, but the storm is still expected to bring heavy rain to northern and eastern Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang (???) told the press that despite its anticipated reduced strength, the periphery of Tropical Storm Yutu is expected to impact Taiwan and along with northeasterly winds, wet weather in northern and eastern parts of the country is forecast to continue.
The bureau said it has issued an extremely heavy rain alert for Yilan, eastern Taiwan, while a heavy rain warning is in effect for mountainous areas of New Taipei in northern Taiwan.
According to the CWB, a heavy rain warning means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour, while extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours.
As of 2 a.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Yutu was 470 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving slowly in a north-northwesterly direction.
It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometer per hour, with gusts reaching up to 90 kph, CWB data showed.
Elsewhere, Cheng said occasional showers are forecast in Keelung and northeastern coastal areas as well as mountainous areas of Taipei and most of eastern Taiwan during the day.
Due to the expected rain, weather is expected to stay cool in northern and eastern areas with daytime temperatures in the greater Taipei area, Taoyuan and Yilan forecast to range from 22-23 degrees Celsius, Cheng said.
The mercury in Hsinchu, Miaoli, Hualien and Taitung as well as central parts of the country is forecast to rise as high as 24-26 degrees, while daytime highs in southern Taiwan are expected to reach 28 degrees, Cheng added.
The CWB said strong winds will continue to affect Taiwan due to the impact of Tropical Storm Yutu.
Cheng said as the strength of the storm fades, the weather is expected to become dry with temperatures around Taiwan forecast to recover from Saturday to range from 27-28 degrees across most of the country.
However, with northeasterly winds expected to set in again, wet and cooler weather is expected starting from Nov. 7, Cheng said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel