No significant rain likely in South Taiwan until Sunday
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.