Mercury in Tamsui slips to 15.1 degrees as cold wave arrives

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Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) The arrival of the first continental cold air mass of the winter season caused temperatures to plunge to 15.1 degrees Celsius in Tamsui early Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

It was the lowest temperature recorded in a low-lying area in Taiwan so far this season, according to CWB data.

Temperatures in northern Taiwan are likely to fall further to 13-14 degrees from Tuesday night into Wednesday under the influence of the cold-air mass, CWB forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (徐仲毅) said.

The mercury could drop to about 14 degrees in the greater Taipei area overnight and to 13 degrees in coastal and open areas in the northern part of the island.

Temperatures should also plummet in central and southern Taiwan, with lows of 15-16 degrees expected overnight, Hsu said.

Meanwhile, the moisture in the air will increase beginning Thursday and another cold air mass will arrive by Friday, affecting all of Taiwan over the weekend and bringing more moisture, Hsu said.

He forecast that Yushan (Jade Mountain) and Hehuanshan could see their first snowfalls of the winter with the arrival of the second cold wave.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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