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Although a small country, Taiwan weather differs from north to south, east to west, highlands to lowlands.

The northern part of Taiwan is referred to as ‘marine’ or ‘oceanic'.  The rest of Taiwan is part of the tropical belt, which is either hot or warm and humid all year round. May and june are part of the rainy season where it rains often. July to September are the typhoon months—about four strike every year. In general the east coast of Taiwan receives the brunt of the rainy weather and typhoons. The south of Taiwan gets most of its rainy days in the summer.

 

Seasons - Taiwan weather Year-Round


Spring - Spring is associated to many as the time when plants begin to bloom.
This is only partially true here as some plants, like the local plum bloom in winter, as well as the so-called
cherry tree (not the fruit kind). But in Taiwan lowers and blooming plants are found all year round. The weather, as described above, is mostly rainy.

 

Summer - Summer weather in Taiwan: Rain fall is at its highest season. It does relent in late September and into October, when evenings cool down a little—some may say chilly. Chilly being a relative term if you're from Canada or any northern country. Summers are hot and humid. Northern Taiwan will get hot but lacks an ocean breeze. Southern Taiwan is just as hot and sunny, but the constant ocean breeze keeps the air moving.

 

Fall - Things surely cool down by mid-October and November, with the arrival of shorter days. In fact, Taiwan has its own Autumn Festival, a lunar holiday that loosely echoes the harvest rites of many Western countries. Fall is certainly the most comfortable time of throughout the entire country.

 

Winter - It is definitely chilly, but gets down right cold with the damp feeling and chilly drafts. Even though it lacks the lower temperatures necessary for snow, Taiwan has constant, freezing drizzle inthe north that is just as bone chilling as any wind-blown snowdrift. This is especially true if you commute by motorcycle. Southern Taiwan is drier but tends to have many more hazy days. Some call this the "Asian Haze".  Winters in south Taiwan are dry and it is rare to see any rain until the spring plum rain season.

 

Rainfall in Taiwan

 

Rainfall - The Kuroshio Current is the main stream that moves northward as it passes up the eastern coastline of Taiwan. It brings in the warm and moist air. Winter and summer monsoons also bring intermittent rainfall to Taiwan's low lying hills and high central mountains. This results in an average of  more than 2,500 millimeters of rainfall every year. The rainiest place in Taiwan is Huoshaoliao, receiving 6,700 mm per year. The coast of the northern Chianan plain and the Penghu archipelago are the driest spots, with less than 1,000 mm per year. Some characteristics of Taiwan's rainfall are as follows:

 

1. Spatial distribution of rain:  More rain falls in the mountains than in the plains, on the east coast than the west coast, more rain fall on the windward side of hills than the sheltered side. 


2. Seasonal distribution of rain: The north has rain all year round while the south is rainy in summer and dry in winter. In winter, when the northeastern monsoon system is active, the north is constantly visited by drizzle while the south remains dry. However, in summer when the southwestern monsoon comes in force, afternoon thunderstorms and typhoons carry heavy rain to central and southern Taiwan. This intensive and concentrated summer rainfall, which constitutes up to 80 percent of annual precipitation, often causes flooding and landslides.


3. Variability of rainfall: As northern Taiwan has more rainy days than the south, the variability of rainfall increases as we move toward the south.

 

When is rainy season in Taiwan?

The rainy season in Taiwan usually lasts (approximately 50 days)  from July to August in Taiwan.

The weather front forms when the moist air over the Pacific meets the cooler continental air mass. The front and the formation of frontal depressions along it brings precipitation to Japan, Korea, eastern China, and Taiwan. As the front moves back and forth depending on the strength of cool and warm air masses, there is often prolonged precipitation and sometimes flooding and mudslides.

 

Typical Year-Round Weather in Taiwan

 

Taiwan weather in January: Temperatures may drop below average
Average temperature 12-21oC
Average rainfall - 97mm

Taiwan weather in February: temperatures can drop below average.
Average temperature 12-21oC
Average rainfall - 97mm

Taiwan weather in March – Humidity and temperatures are comfortable.
Average temperature 21 -25oC
Average rainfall - 193mm

Taiwan weather in April: April- Humidity and temperatures are comfortable. Best time to visit
Average temperature 21 -25oC
Average rainfall l- 193mm

Taiwan weather in May: May- Humidity and temperatures are comfortable. Best time to visit
Average temperature 21 -25oC
Average rainfall l- 193mm


Taiwan weather in June - a high possibility of typhoons. hot and humid. Visibility is quite often poor
Average temperature 24 - 33oC
Average rainfall - 275mm

 

Taiwan weather in July- a high possibility of typhoons. Visibility is quite often poor. hot and humid
Average temperature 24 - 33oC
Average rainfall - 275mm

 

Taiwan weather in August- a high possibility of typhoons. hot and humid
Average temperature 24 - 33oC
Average rainfall - 275mm

 

Taiwan weather in September - a high possibility of typhoons - humidity and temperatures are comfortable
Average temperature 20 - 27oC
Average rainfall - 144mm

 

Taiwan weather in October- humidity and temperatures are comfortable. Best time to visit
typhoons - humidity and temperatures are comfortable
Average temperature 20 - 27oC
Average rainfall - 144mm

Taiwan weather in November- humidity and temperatures are comfortable. Best time to visit
typhoons - humidity and temperatures are comfortable
Average temperature 20 - 27oC
Average rainfall - 144mm



Taiwan weather in December- warmer clothes are necessary in the cooler months.
Average temperature 12 - 29oC
Average rainfall - 97mm

Casualties as of July 21: 12 deceased, 5 missing, 36 injured

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