Flashfloods, landslides threaten Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao due to cold front –PAGASA

January 31, 2013 12:18 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 31 -– Possible flash floods and landslides threaten the area of the Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao due to the tail-end of the cold front, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday.

Weather forecaster Alvin Pura said Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Bicol Region will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Pura added that the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have light to moderate rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Cagayan Valley and Aurora will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains because of the northeast monsoon.

He said the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with brief light rains.

Pura noted that no tropical cyclone is expected to develop or enter the country since no weather disturbance has been spotted within or near the Philippine area of responsibility that could strengthen into a cyclone in the coming days.

Pura added that cold temperature continues to be experienced in Metro Manila as it recorded 20.2 degrees Celsius as of 3 a.m. Thursday at the Science Garden in Quezon City.

Pura said the temperature in Baguio City, the country's summer capital, will range from 12-24 degrees Celsius.

He added that the temperature might increase in the coming days due to the presence of a high pressure area.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon, and from the east to northeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough

PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Luzon and Visayas.

"Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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