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Taiwan in Store for Unstable Weather Starting June 14|週日前锋面影响剧烈 各地天气不稳

2018-06-13 00:00:00

Plum rain fronts have arrived, bringing rain to Taiwan from the north to the south. The front will have the strongest effect starting tomorrow up until this weekend and weather will be unstable all over Taiwan. Since it's currently the first watermelon harvest in Hualien, and the excess water can cause the melons to swell, farmers have been busy harvesting for the past several days. The Hualien County Bureau of Agriculture believes it should not affect market prices. Since the Central Weather Bureau issued a heavy rain advisory, farmers in Hualien have been harvesting their watermelons around the clock. Watermelons that have not yet been picked have split open in the fields due to spells of rain and diurnal temperature variation. If they are not picked immediately, they will start rotting. If it rains for a few straight days, watermelons will lose their sweetness. They will also split open sometimes. Hualien has over 1,500 hectares of watermelon fields with total production of around 40,000 tons. The Bureau of Agriculture says torrential rains will not affect prices because the first harvest is already almost over. Farmers are rushing to harvest the last of their watermelons right now. Therefore, market prices won't fall. However, farmers say eastern Taiwan is usually limited to just one watermelon harvest per year because typhoons and torrential rains inevitably destroy the second crop. Watermelon prices are stable for now, with large ones currently selling for NT$400 to NT$500.