Taiwan Braces for Heavy Rainfall as Two Weather Fronts Approach

Taiwan braces for heavy rain, potential flooding, and landslides from April 24-30 as two weather fronts bring prolonged precipitation, with highs over 38°C possible in some areas.

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Rafia Tasleem
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Taiwan Braces for Heavy Rainfall as Two Weather Fronts Approach

Taiwan Braces for Heavy Rainfall as Two Weather Fronts Approach

Taiwan's Central Weather Administration (CWA) has forecast two consecutive weather fronts to bring rain nationwide from April 24 to 30, 2023. The rainfall is expected to be intensified in central and northern regions, with potential flooding in low-lying areas. Highs over 38°C are possible in some parts of the country during this period.

The first front is expected to arrive on Tuesday, April 25, bringing rain across the country, with western regions experiencing localized heavy rainfall. The second front will arrive on Friday, April 28, with greater rainfall predicted in the west and Yilan, and the possibility of flash floods. The CWA forecaster warned of stronger rainfall on Monday afternoon and heavy rainfall in the western regions on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, April 26, temperatures will drop in the north as more rain passes through. The second front will impact Taiwan until Sunday, April 30, bringing prolonged rainfall, with precipitation in the west potentially exceeding 80 to 100 millimeters and sudden downpours that may cause flooding.

Prior to this, southern Taiwan experienced a heat wave on April 21, with nine cities issuing heat advisories and temperatures reaching as high as 39.7°C in Yujing District, Tainan. The CWA said the recent heat wave was expected to persist at least till early afternoon on April 22, with rain and slightly cooler temperatures forecast to move down south by April 23.

The rainy season front has already triggered landslides in areas destabilized by an earlier earthquake, leading to the closure of road and rail services between Yilan County and Hualien City. No casualties have been reported, but a landslide has also occurred on the Suhua Highway, blocking traffic in both directions. The heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the next 6 days, with brief but intense bursts of rainfall.

Why this matters: The heavy rainfall and potential flooding across Taiwan over the coming week could lead to further landslides, transportation disruptions, and impacts on daily life. Authorities and residents will need to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure public safety during this period of severe weather.

In response to the forecast, the CWA has urged the public to stay informed about weather updates and take necessary precautions, especially in areas prone to flooding and landslides. "We advise residents in affected regions to remain alert and avoid unnecessary travel during periods of heavy rainfall," a CWA spokesperson stated. Local authorities are also preparing emergency response measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the weather fronts on infrastructure and public safety.

Key Takeaways

  • Taiwan to see heavy rain from April 24-30, with potential flooding and highs over 38°C.
  • Two weather fronts to bring widespread rain, with western regions seeing localized heavy downpours.
  • Landslides have already disrupted road and rail services between Yilan and Hualien.
  • Authorities urge public to stay informed and take precautions, especially in flood-prone areas.
  • Heavy rainfall expected to continue for 6 days, with brief but intense bursts potentially causing further disruptions.