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Polar vortex brings cold weather through weekend

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Temperatures will remain under 10 degrees Celsius in the northern and central areas of Taiwan on Wednesday, affected by a monsoon from the northeast, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

According to the CWB, temperatures in coastal areas could reach 8 degrees Celsius in the morning.

The CWB said that the temperature difference between day and night will be large, and the temperature will drop dramatically during the nighttime.

Daytime temperatures in Northern Taiwan were around 8 to 15 degrees Celsius, between 9 and 18 degrees Celsius in Central Taiwan and about 11 to 21 degrees Celsius in Southern Taiwan yesterday, according to the CWB.

The CWB said that this monsoon from the northeast was powerful, and people, especially the elderly and patients who suffer from cardiovascular diseases, should be more careful about their health.

Polar Vortex Blamed for Cold Weather: CWB

CWB Forecast Center director Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) said yesterday that a polar vortex moved toward the southeast and pushed the cold weather mass to Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Mainland China.

Cheng said that the polar vortex over the northern part of America pushed an extreme cold weather mass to the south, which created the recent harsh snow storm in North America, and another polar vortex wave also pushed the cold weather mass to most areas of Northeast Asia, leading to the extreme cold weather in Taiwan over the past few days.

According to the CWB, another wave of continental air mass will arrive this Friday and Saturday, so the weather will remain humid and cold in the northern part of Taiwan until next Monday.

Over 70 Cases of Sudden Death Nationwide

Around 50 cases of sudden death have been reported nationwide since Monday, local media reports said yesterday.

Seven cases of sudden death were reported in New Taipei City yesterday, in addition to five cases from Taipei City.

In addition, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) yesterday announced that 13 people had died from the flu over the past two weeks.

According to the CDC, 256 confirmed flu cases were reported from Jan. 28 to Feb. 10. Of the 13 reported flu deaths, only one person had received a flu shot.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Chih-hau (周志浩) said that the patient who had received the flu vaccination but still passed away did not have strong immune system due to suffering from a chronic disease, which contributed to the patient's death.

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A section of the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area is covered by snow in Yilan County, yesterday. Temperatures will remain under 10 degrees Celsius in the northern and central areas of Taiwan on Wednesday, affected by a monsoon from the northeast, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. (CNA)

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