(Lead) Flashfloods, landslides threaten Visayas, Mindanao

January 16, 2013 11:48 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 16 — Possible flash floods and landslides threaten residents in Eastern Visayas and Caraga region due to the tail-end of the cold front affecting these areas, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Wednesday afternoon.

Weather Forecaster Ricky Fabregas said that while there was no weather disturbance near the Philippine territory, the tail-end of a cold font continued affecting Eastern and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and the Caraga region.

The provinces of Bohol, Camiguin, Dinagat Island, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte and Misamis Oriental will have cloudy skies with occasional moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Fabregas said Palawan and the rest of Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

He added some parts of Luzon, including Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will be cloudy with light rains because of the effects of the northeast monsoon or 'hangin amihan.'

Fabregas said the rest of the country including Metro Manila are expected to have a mixture of sunny to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers in the afternoon or evening due to localized convective activities.

He noted the northeast monsoon also sometimes contributed to the cold and drizzly weather in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon.

“Kung mapapansin natin na cloudy ang Metro Manila na may kasamang mahihinang pag-ambon… ito ay dahil sa epekto ng hanging amihan. Gumagalaw kasi ito at minsan lumalakas kaya umaabot ito minsan sa Metro Manila at sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng Luzon,” Fabregas said.

For the next two days, PAGASA said temperatures in Metro Manila are expected to range from 21 to 32 degrees Celsius.

In Baguio City, where its morning temperature dropped to 11 degrees Celsius Monday, it noted that temperature there is expected to range between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius.

So far, Fabregas said Monday’s 11 degrees was the lowest morning temperature recorded in Baguio City this month.

He said the same temperature was also monitored in the city last Dec 15,2012.

PAGASA said that in recent years, the coolest in Baguio was recorded at 7.5 degrees Celsius in the morning of Jan 15, 2009.

He noted that the coldest temperature recorded in Baguio was in Jan 1961 at 6.1 degrees Celsius.

Fabregas said that 22.4 degrees Celsius was recorded in Metro Manila at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Fabregas said that no tropical cyclone formation is expected until Friday as they have not seen any weather disturbance near or within the Philippine territory.(PNA)

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