Much lower temperature drops can be felt all around Taiwan. The southern region such as Tainan and Yilan on the east are experiencing temperatures below ten degrees Celsius.
The ambulance service was busy the whole night. Several patients were admitted to the hospital for myocardial infarction and one of them did not even make it to the hospital. Colder weather is associated with a higher risk of myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases, especially for elders and people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugars. Doctors advise people at higher risk to keep warm when going out.
Lin Wei-wen, Cardiologist, Taiwan Adventist Hospital: “Let's say if the temperature outside is 10 degrees Celcius and our normal body temperature is usually around 36 or 37 degrees Celsius, that means there is a big difference of more than 20 degrees. Our blood vessels constrict in response to cold temperatures and that puts more pressure on the heart to maintain body heat.”
Much lower temperature drops can be felt all around Taiwan currently due to the arrival of a new, strong cold front. The southern region such as Tainan and Yilan on the east are experiencing temperatures below ten degrees Celsius. In offshore islands, like Kinmen and Matsu, temperatures dropped below five degrees. The coldness and wetness are here to stay until Wednesday, Feb 21.
Hsieh Pei-yun, Weather forecaster: “Rainfall would continue in the north and northeastern areas, while the rain would be intermittent for central and southern parts of Taiwan. Overall, the rain would gradually reduce by Thursday and Friday (Feb. 24 and 25). The good news is that the weather should be nice and stable next weekend, which is the Feb. 28 long holiday weekend.”
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued another low-temperature alert all around the island, announcing that temperatures would not bounce back until the weekend.