Northeasterly winds forecast to cool northern, eastern Taiwan

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Northeasterly winds forecast to cool northern, eastern Taiwan

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Northeasterly winds are expected to start affecting Taiwan on Wednesday and will send temperatures lower in the north and east over the next few days, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Lin Po-tung (林柏東) said northern and eastern Taiwan will face heavy rain or even extremely heavy rain on Wednesday because of the weather system.

The CWB has issued a heavy rain warning for the mountainous areas of New Taipei and Hualien and Yilan for Wednesday, while an extremely heavy rain alert is in effect for Keelung and the northeastern coastal areas, Lin said.

According to the CWB, A heavy rain warning means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour, while extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours.

Daytime temperatures on Wednesday are expected to reach no higher than 26 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and 27-28 degrees in the east, Lin said.

People in central and southern Taiwan are not expected to feel the effects of the northeasterly winds, with the day's highs expected to be little changed from Tuesday at 30-32 degrees, the forecaster said.

Cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for those regions, with occasional thundershowers expected in mountainous areas in the afternoon, Lin said.

Lin said the northeasterly winds are expected to intensify over the next few days and will push down daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan to about 19 degrees before they recover on Sunday.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)

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