Should we bring a coat?

My family is moving to Taiwan in March. I haven’t been able to find any definitive answers on what the weather is like in Taipei in the winter. Any tips? We’re trying to decide if we need to pack our winter coats, long underwear, etc.

Heating in apartments is rare and yes, you will need coats.

I myself wear long underwear sometimes because I ride a scooter and that cold wet air in winter can be brutal at 60kpm. If you don’t plan to ride a scooter then I don’t know if the long underwear is needed. I’ll let others chime in on that.

I would. I have and use winter coats here.

Where are you coming from? I used to wear long underwear in the UK but haven’t needed to here. We brought light winter coats and haven’t needed anything thicker. We wear jumpers indoors in the winter and most days are fine with no heating.

Depending on what kind of winter coat, I would say ‘yes.’ For example, I’m from NY, but the kind of coat I wore there in the winters would have been way too heavy. A lighter winter coat worked well in Taiwan, though. Something I would have worn in the UK during winters there.

In all the years that I lived in Taiwan, I kept saying to myself that I wished I had long underwear with me (more for sleeping in when it got cold at night). However, during visits home in the summer it was out of season and I couldn’t find it. You wouldn’t need it on a day-to-day basis, but as for wearing around the house or to bed sometimes, it could be handy.

layering is key.

You will need long underwear, overunderwear, long johns, polypropylene socks, wool socks, lycra socks, thermal wear, fleece, finger gloves, overmitts, scarf, rainguard, wool liner, balaklava, and then your overcoat.

don’t forget rainboots

anything less would be just crazy. otherwise, the humidity with the combination of cold and no insulating walls will put micro-cracks into your joints leaving you with arthritic thrombosis.

It is more rain and damp and humidty than just cold. We dress in layers here. No indoor insulation/heating makes for a vey miserable winter.

Best coats are:

  1. Insulated
  2. Goretex or water resistant at least
  3. It is not advisable to bring leather ones as they will probably be eaten away by mold/fungus
  4. Not too heavy stuff. With the humidity here, you will be more unconfortable

March should be the end of winter, final tail. I’d rather recommend you to bring some nice Hunter rubber boots, and other waterproof shoes, as rain won’t let up at that time.

Arriving in March, you may not need your coat. If you are going to be staying for the whole year, then definitely need, as Icon said above. Best advice, as per experience.

If you are not too tall, like under 5’10", and not too much on the large size, like under “large sizing”, I would leave the coat at home because of the bulk. Coats are cheap here but the weather is starting to turn now and it will get really cold by December/January so you will need to pick up coats right away. I can recall several 3 degree C. days and numerous 9 degree C. days. As mentioned before, heating in homes is rare. I bought heaters for each room but I rarely use the ones in the bedrooms. The big one in the LR stays on all the time in the winter - just turned down at night. It takes forever to get the rooms warm enough that you don’t need at least a sweatshirt. By the way, I have had difficulty finding thermals and sweatpants. Use the extra space for that kind of stuff and bring stuff for winter and plan on buying summer stuff here. It’s cheap and of reasonable quality.
EDIT: You might want to review this sight.
cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm
You will find some max and min temps for numerous past years. Here is January of 2012
from
cwb.gov.tw/V7e/climate/daily … ion/dP.htm
Item Temperature(°C) Precipitation Wind Speed(m/s)/Dir.
(360°)/Date Relative Humidity(%) Mean Pressure at Station Number of Days with Precipitation >=0.1mm Sunshine Duration
Station Mean Max./
Date Min./
Date (mm) Max. Gust Mean Min./
Date (hPa) (day) (hour)
Alishan 6.5 15.5/15 0.6/19 114.4 4.8/280.0/16 12.7/280.0/16 83 17/28 764.7 14 111.9
Anbu 9.9 19.1/14 2.3/4 455.0 12.5/350.0/16 19.5/350.0/16 96 66/18 924.6 26 25.5
Banqiao 15.8 25.9/18 9.1/4 188.3 7.0/80.0/12 12.9/70.0/17 81 44/18 1018.8 15 26.8
Chenggong 18.8 25.8/28 13.4/26 60.3 10.5/30.0/9 17.9/30.0/9 78 59/27 1013.7 13 52.8
Chiayi 16.6 26.6/15 10.6/5 23.0 6.5/40.0/16 10.2/350.0/16 80 53/11 1014.8 10 96.5
Dawu 20.2 28.0/15 15.3/3 11.4 8.1/30.0/15 14.3/30.0/4 74 53/3 1016.9 9 111.0
Dongjidao 16.1 20.7/19 12.1/23 13.8 19.9/20.0/23 27.5/20.0/23 84 69/2 1013.0 9 38.8
Hengchun 21.0 28.2/28 15.9/27 0 11.9/40.0/11 25.3/30.0/4 74 49/16 1014.0 0 185.4
Hsinchu 15.3 22.6/19 9.0/4 140.6 7.0/30.0/7 18.1/20.0/7 87 58/17 1016.0 15 44.1
Hualien 17.8 24.8/8 12.7/5 53.0 10.2/40.0/25 18.4/40.0/25 77 54/18 1016.7 15 48.3
Kaohsiung 19.3 28.3/19 13.3/5 T 6.7/350.0/16 13.3/350.0/16 75 49/28 1017.1 0 177.1
Keelung 15.5 24.1/18 9.5/4 533.4 11.0/10.0/3 16.9/10.0/23 85 54/2 1017.1 27 14.6
Kinmen 12.1 21.0/8 5.7/5 60.6 7.2/70.0/1 17.4/60.0/11 82 52/1 1018.2 12 70.6
Lanyu 18.1 23.1/21 13.5/4 184.8 23.6/20.0/7 33.2/30.0/7 91 71/3 979.5 24 46.3
Matsu 8.9 15.2/18 2.3/5 179.5 7.3/360.0/7 17.1/10.0/22 86 52/4 1012.0 16 29.5
Penghu 15.1 21.5/19 11.3/23 10.5 10.7/20.0/4 21.9/20.0/22 82 63/2 1017.9 9 24.2
Pengjiayu 15.3 22.7/14 9.0/5 166.6 17.4/10.0/16 24.3/10.0/16 80 52/2 1008.2 20 24.5
Su-ao 16.0 23.6/16 9.7/4 351.2 8.3/10.0/25 18.8/30.0/25 84 52/18 1017.0 26 37.3
Sun Moon Lake 14.1 22.5/28 7.9/3 77.5 7.3/160.0/16 11.6/160.0/16 82 33/17 904.2 10 127.3
Taichung 16.6 25.9/18 10.8/4 57.1 5.0/10.0/4 10.9/360.0/1 75 47/18 1008.0 10 142.9
Tainan 17.2 27.2/15 11.2/5 5.5 9.2/20.0/16 16.1/10.0/16 79 55/19 1015.4 5 144.9
Taipei 15.9 25.7/18 9.3/4 157.4 7.9/90.0/12 15.5/80.0/12 86 53/18 1019.3 16 23.0
Taitung 19.4 26.9/15 13.4/26 22.3 6.6/50.0/9 15.1/60.0/16 75 49/27 1016.8 9 87.2
Tamsui 14.9 23.6/18 8.2/4 185.1 6.6/20.0/3 14.1/20.0/16 90 59/17 1017.9 18 27.0
Wuqi 15.5 23.0/19 10.2/5 62.6 14.7/360.0/1 26.6/60.0/4 83 59/2 1015.6 10 101.7
Yilan 16.1 24.7/16 10.0/4 175.1 11.3/320.0/16 20.0/320.0/16 83 52/16 1018.9 20 38.4
Yushan -1.5 11.3/10 -7.7/27 63.1 17.0/270.0/2 29.0/280.0/18 76 14/17 640.1 8 137.5
Zhuzihu 11.6 21.1/18 4.2/4 372.0 8.6/20.0/3 17.1/20.0/3 94 70/18 949.2 26 37.4
Note:

T is rain trace, indicating that the precipitation is less than 0.1mm.
Maximum 10-min wind: The maximum average wind velocity measured by a observatory for10 minutes during a specific period. The main direction of the wind is the wind direction.
Maximum instant wind: maximum gust, which is the maximum instant wind velocity measured by an observatory during a specific period.

Thanks for all the input! We are coming from Maryland, have two kids, and will be staying for at least 3 years while my husband finishes up college there. We’re both fairly tall and have big feet, so the rain boots are a good idea.

Where I live, winters are colder than Taipei, but not much. I have a couple of winter coats and I use them. Light ones. Remember that central heating does not exist here.

In that case, a shopping spree is required. Yes to rain boots, rain coats, waterproof shoes for all seasons.

Potomac Mills! :yay:

When i was in Taiwan i found that my leather jacket was my second skin all winter long. In summer i had to leave the jacket in the car, because otherwise it would mold up in a few days.

ON cold front days, a scarf and gloves along with the jacket was all i needed. And a sweater underneath when really cold. Jeans for pants were perfect, the thicker ones, not the thinner summer jeans. When the fronts are not in town, a polo shirt underneath my leather jacket (and its not one with a thick lining) was all i needed.

But work wise if you have to wear a suit, its going to be pretty cold. But not enough cold days to really warrant having an overcoat. I hardly used mine. But a sweater underneath the jacket will be required.

There are a few days when a ski jacket will be really nice mind you. And i am talking about INDOORS !!

Some of those cold front days, iv had one kerosene heater and two electric heaters going in the house and its still only 6 or 7 c inside.

I remember a few times, gloves, socks, jeans, ski jacket on all day indoors.

concrete apartments are hard to heat and keep heated.

If today is an indicator of the winter weather…well suffice to say im running around in a tshirt and jeans. This is like summer back in Scotland.

found a. pub. /woohoo :smiley:

[quote=“FarFlungScot”]If today is an indicator of the winter weather…well suffice to say im running around in a tshirt and jeans. This is like summer back in Scotland.

found a. pub. /woohoo :smiley:[/quote]

You’ll get used to it. Next year you’ll be wrapped up in six layers of clothes and a thick coat just like the rest of us. Bloody freezing today, it is.

But yeah, it IS much like Scotland in summer.

[quote=“finley”][quote=“FarFlungScot”]If today is an indicator of the winter weather…well suffice to say im running around in a tshirt and jeans. This is like summer back in Scotland.

found a. pub. /woohoo :smiley:[/quote]

You’ll get used to it. Next year you’ll be wrapped up in six layers of clothes and a thick coat just like the rest of us. Bloody freezing today, it is.

But yeah, it IS much like Scotland in summer.[/quote]

Ha ha, that’s so true!!! After a couple of years in Taiwan I started finding the ‘winters’ really chilly!

I think the problem is that your body gets used to the very hot summers. And thus winter by comparison is like living in a freezer.

ONe cycle of Taiwan summer and you reset your internal thermostat !

[quote=“FarFlungScot”]If today is an indicator of the winter weather…well suffice to say im running around in a tshirt and jeans. This is like summer back in Scotland.

found a. pub. /woohoo :smiley:[/quote]

Oh, so that’s you! :laughing:

You are in a pub! That’s why you are warm. Try sitting in an office cubicle… or better not. :cry:

Today is the first day I brought the puffy, goose down, Goretex jacket to the office. I am wearing long sleeved thermal shirt and a knitted wool vest indoors. Please take note that in the ol country they are at a lower temperature, like 12 degrees, at this same moment.

you mean with lots of rain, fog, and hordes of midges?

you mean with lots of rain, fog, and hordes of midges?[/quote]

Actually, in my experience, the only place where there’s hordes of midgets is Tucheng.

(BTW, buddy, you should know they prefer the term little people :thumbsup: )