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Plum rain season arrives, Mother's Day to be affected: CWB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The “plum rain season” has been pouring down on Taiwan recently and the first round of rains is likely to keep affecting the island until May 8, announced the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday.

For the Taiwanese, the months from April to June are commonly known as the “plum rain season.”

Bouts of rain will get heavier today and affect Taiwan from tonight until tomorrow. While it will rain throughout Taiwan, the north of the country will be worst affected.

The next stationary front — which will bring rain to the entire island — is due to arrive around Mother's Day, which falls on May 11 this year.

The rain will also bring a drop in temperatures, reports the CWB forecasts. The temperature in northern Taiwan will drop by as much as 5 or 6 degrees to 22 degrees Celsius; the highest temperature for central Taiwan will drop to 26 degrees and southern Taiwan looks set to continue its warm weather at 29 degrees.

The rains will cease from May 6 to 8, said the CWB. After then, northern and northeastern Taiwan will be affected by spurts of showers and thunderstorms and the rain will become heavier in the south. Temperature will rise steadily in all areas.

The first stationary front will leave Taiwan on May 9, resulting in a general rise in temperatures. The leftover humidity in the northern areas will cause showers even after the front's departure, and afternoon showers with thunder and strong winds are to be expected in the mountain areas of central and southern Taiwan.

The next stationary front is forecasted to near Taiwan on May 10 and may strike harder than the first; it is likely to be one rainy day for mothers in Taiwan on May 11, said the CWB.

The weather was unstable throughout Taiwan yesterday as the front closed in; eastern Taiwan was cloudy with rain while western Taiwan caught occasional glimpse of the sun.

Kinmen and Matsu will also be affected by the stationary front, resulting in fog that may affect traffic.

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