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Weather bureau forecasts rain, wind, thunderstorms

TAIPEI--Torrential rain, wind and thunderstorms are likely across Taiwan until May 8 due to the onset of a weather front heralding the plum rain season, the Central Weather Bureau said Monday.

People in Western Taiwan and in mountainous areas of the east of the country should take precautions against sudden rain, forecasters said.

The rainy weather could also keep temperatures relatively low, especially in northern Taiwan, the bureau said, adding that daytime highs will stay at current levels of around 20 degrees Celsius until May 7, when highs of 25 degrees can be expected.

The weather fluctuations could ease up slightly the following day, with showers likely in only Northern and Eastern Taiwan, the bureau said.

On May 6, the mercury could hover between 18 and 20 degrees in Northern Taiwan, 21 and 24 degrees in Central Taiwan, and 23 and 27 degrees in Southern Taiwan, according to the bureau.

During the plum rain season, which is peculiar to East Asia and named because it coincides with the ripening of plums, frontal systems tend to linger over Taiwan, bringing severe thunderstorms and heavy rain for days at a time.

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