Typhoon Muifa is expected to bring rain to Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival

Taipei, Sept 8 (CNA) – A tropical depression in waters east of the Philippines developed into a typhoon around 8 a.m. Thursday with sustained winds of 18 meters per second, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

While Typhoon Muifa is expected to bring rain to Taiwan, the CWB said it does not expect to issue a sea warning for the storm.

The typhoon follows a northwesterly path and will turn north after passing the Ryukyu Islands, CWB forecaster Huang En-hung (黃恩鴻) said.

It will be closest to Taiwan on Sunday and Monday and is expected to bring clouds to the northern and eastern parts of the island from Saturday evening, while its periphery will linger through Wednesday.

Huang said judging by Muifa’s trajectory, it’s unlikely a sea warning would be issued, but people should be wary of possible waves lapping the shore.

Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said the northern coastal and mountainous areas would experience short, localized showers on Sunday.

Daytime temperatures during the long weekend of the Mid-Autumn Festival will range from 33 to 35 degrees Celsius, Wu said, adding that there will be a clearer difference in temperature between day and night during the holiday season.

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