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Taiwan's dreamy weather ends this weekend: CWB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The moderate weather Taiwan has enjoyed in the first few days of 2014 is set to give way to a cold and wet weekend, the Central Weather Bureau said Friday.

A strong cold air mass from China could send the mercury plunging to the lower teens, with open rural areas likely to see lows of around 11 degrees Celsius, forecasters said.

Daytime temperatures are likely to hover at 11-17 degrees in Northern Taiwan, 11-21 degrees in Central Taiwan, and 13-23 degrees in Southern Taiwan.

The moisture coming in with the cold air could also bring showers to northern and eastern Taiwan as well as to mountainous areas of Central Taiwan during that period.

The chill could ease off later Monday, with lows increasing by one to three degrees island-wide, according to the bureau.

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