Heavy rain advisory issued for 15 cities and counties: Plum rain forecast for next 7 days

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a heavy rain advisory for large areas of Taiwan, and meteorologists predict periods of heavy rain over the next 7 days as the island comes under the influence of a stationary front and southwest monsoonal winds.

A heavy rain advisory was issued at 12:05 pm Friday, June 9, covering Keelung City, New Taipei City, mountain districts of Taoyuan City, Miaoli County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Yilan County, Hualien County and Taitung County. The heavy rain advisory is in effect from early afternoon through tonight, and people are advised to beware of lighting strikes, strong wind gusts, and surging streams.

At 1:45 pm, the CWB updated the advisory, upgrading from heavy rain to extremely heavy rain in New Taipei City, Keelung City, and Yilan County.

The fifth rain front of the rainy season has characteristics of a typical “plum rain” front. While the previous four rainy fronts were mobile, and quickly passed over Taiwan, this present front is quasi-stationary, increasing the chance of sustained heavy rain in combination with southwesterly monsoonal winds in southern and central areas, and northeasterly monsoonal winds in the north and northeast.

The front is expected to remain close to northern Taiwan Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, and northern Taiwan will be affected by brief showers or thunderstorms with the chance of heavy localized rainfall and torrential rain.

Meteorologist Peng Chi-ming, of the WeatherRisk company said that the weather pattern will last for at least a week. In addition, from Sunday southern areas of Taiwan will be affected by the southwest monsoon and a low pressure belt in the South China Sea, bringing the possibility of continuous heavy rainfall. While the rain will be helpful in breaking the drought, the public must prepare for the possibility of flooding.

rain forecast map June 9 - 12
Rain forecast map Friday, Jun 9 to Monday, June 12, from private weather forecasting company WeatherRisk.
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