No sig­nif­i­cant rain likely in South Tai­wan un­til Sun­day

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The sea­sonal winds that have brought rains in North­ern Tai­wan are not help­ing to re­lieve the drought in South­ern Tai­wan, the Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thurs­day, adding that chances of rain re­main low un­til Sun­day.

The dire sit­u­a­tion could take its toll on South­ern Tai­wan’s Kaoh­si­ung, which could face more se­vere wa­ter ra­tioning well ahead of sched­ule.

The only hope for South­ern Tai­wan’s big­gest city could be a front on Sun­day, which is likely to bring sig­nif­i­cant rains, even down­pours, across Tai­wan, fore­cast­ers said.

The rainy weather, how­ever, could give way to a cold but dry weather pat­tern from next Mon­day, the bureau said.

A cold air mass could send mer­cury plum­met­ing to a low of 12 de­grees Cel­sius in north­ern Tai­wan and 19 de­grees in south­ern Tai­wan, ac­cord­ing to the CWB.

The South­ern Re­gion Wa­ter Re­sources Of­fice orig­i­nally planned to start third-phase wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sures in Kaoh­si­ung and neigh­bor­ing Tainan by the end of May, but those mea­sures could be put into ef­fect in Kaoh­si­ung in late April in­stead.

The bureau said it will de­cide on Fri­day whether to im­pose stricter wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sures in Kaoh­si­ung as a sud­den drop in the wa­ter level of its main wa­ter source, the Kaop­ing River, takes a toll on its wa­ter sup­plies.

First- and sec­ond-phase wa­ter ra­tioning mea­sures have been im­posed around the coun­try in re­cent months as Tai­wan con­tin­ues to battle with its worst drought in decades.

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