Rainy weather forecast for Thursday; cooler in the north, east

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Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Intermittent showers with periods of heavy rain or localized thunderstorms are expected in western Taiwan on Thursday, with slightly cooler than average temperatures expected in the north and east, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The office said Thursday it had lifted heavy rain advisories that had been in place for much of western Taiwan for the past two days.

However, due to the continued influence of a stationary rain front, intermittent rains remain likely in the western half of the island, particularly in the northern and central regions, the bureau said.

As for temperatures, Thursday morning lows fell to 22-23 degrees in the north and 24-26 degrees in other regions.

During the day, temperatures will reach 27-28 degrees in the north and east and 30-32 degrees in other parts of the country, with humid conditions prevailing during rain breaks, the CWB said.

On Friday, the CCB forecast intermittent rain for all locations except Hualien and Taitung on the east coast, with temperatures rebounding by around 1-3 degrees nationwide.

Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said that even if the current system starts moving away from Taiwan on Sunday, weather conditions are likely to remain unstable.

A southwest wind system will bring rain to central and southern Taiwan on Monday and Tuesday next week, while another weather front is expected to approach the island on Wednesday, Wu said.

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