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Weather to clear up today as lingering front moves on

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The weather in Taiwan is expected to clear up today after days of heavy rains, as the atmospheric front moves northerly away from the island, meteorologists forecast yesterday.

Most of the island will be partly cloudy to sunny most of the day although there may be chances of afternoon thundershowers in some northern and central-southern areas as well as occasional showers in Eastern Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Temperatures will range from 23 to 32 degrees Celsius during the day in Northern Taiwan, 23 and 33 degrees in central regions, 24 to 34 degrees in the south, and 23 to 31 degrees in Eastern Taiwan, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, many parts of the island have recorded substantial precipitation over the past few days because of the lingering front.

The Alishan area has recorded 703.8mm in May rainfall as of yesterday, CWB's observation unit in Chiayi said.

The second highest rainfall recorded in Chiayi so far this month was 644mm at Fengchi Lake in the mountains, the observation unit said, adding flat land rainfall in the southern county has reached 237.5 mm so far in May.

The abundant rainfall has eased the drought in Chiayi, with the water level of the area's Renyi Reservoir having now reached 99.83 meters, or over 57 percent of its full capacity, the Taiwan Water Corp. said. Renyi can hold a total of 25.85 million tons of water.

The water company said it originally planned to introduce water-preserving measures by reducing pressure for night-time water supply at the end of May, but such measures are no longer needed.

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