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Taiwan to dip at 3 degrees comes weekend, snow possible on mountains with 2,000m elevation

A cold wave is forecast to envelop Taiwan in January 7-9, sending temperatures plummeting as low as 3-6 degree Celsius in northern parts of the country, according to Central Weather Bureau.

With the arrival of the cold wet air, lows of around 6 degrees can be expected in coastal areas, while in mountainous regions the mercury will drop as low as 3 to 6 degrees. In most parts of northern Taiwan, temperatures will plunge to 8-9 degrees.

The cold wave will bring heavy moisture, likely resulting in snowfall above 2,000 meters in the mountains of northern and northeastern Taiwan, including Datun and Qixing mountains in Taipei, he said.

Meanwhile, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Monday issued heavy rain advisories for Keelung and mountainous areas in Greater Taipei.

Under the CWB's advisory system, a heavy rain alert indicates likely accumulated rainfall of 80 millimeters or more over a 24-hour period.

According to the CWB, temperatures are likely to rise Monday to highs of 20 degrees in northern Taiwan, 23-25 degrees in central and southern parts of the country, and 26-28 degrees in the south.



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