CWB issues low temperature alert as Tamsui registers winter's low of 7.3º C
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Tamsui yesterday recorded a temperature of 7.3 degrees Celsius, the lowest since the winter season began, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
December 31, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
The CWB yesterday issued a low temperature alert for all regions north of Chiayi, as a powerful cold front looms over Taiwan.
Meteorologist Jiang Li-hong said yesterday that the average temperature for Northern Taiwan and Yilan was 12 degrees, while in Central Taiwan and Hualien temperatures averaged 14 to 15 degrees, with the southern regions enjoying a warmer average 15 to 17 degrees. The Hengchun region experienced the highest average temperature at 18 degrees.
Overall, temperatures are dropping across the island, with the northern regions set to possibly drop to below 8 degrees. Most regions can expect intermittent showers.
Hehuan Mountain yesterday announced the first report of snowfall at 4:45 p.m., during which it snowed for five minutes. The Forestry Bureau stated that snow fell more consistently after 7 p.m., and that as of 8 p.m. 1 centimeter of snowfall had accumulated.
Jiang added that on New Year's Eve, temperatures will see a gradual rise across Taiwan during the day, but advised all to be prepared with warm clothing and rain gear, as temperatures may dip below 10 degrees across Taiwan with the chance of sudden showers.
Jiang said that on the first day of the New Year, temperatures will rise by 1 or 2 degrees.
Due to cloudy conditions the eastern regions may not enjoy the best view for the first ray of the New Year's sunshine.