Northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon — PAGASA
February 14, 2013 10:03 am
MANILA, Feb. 14 — The northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon while the surface wind of the convergence zone affecting eastern Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said many parts of the country will continue to enjoy good weather as no tropical cyclone is expected to affect the country until Saturday.
However, he noted that areas in the eastern sections of the country, particularly in Visayas will experience partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains due to the effects of the convergence zone.
Pura said the northeast monsoon will also induce rains in Northern Luzon particularly in Cagayan and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon.
The rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to have sunny to partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Pura said that temperature in Metro Manila was 23 degress Celsius on Thursday morning recorded at the Science Garden in Quezon City. Temperature in Baguio City ranges between 13-26 degrees.
In a separate interview, PAGASA administrator Nathaniel Servando said the cold weather-associated northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” has started to weaken, signifying warmer days ahead for the country.
Citing climatological record, Servando said the dry or summer season usually begins during the last week of February or early March.
“It (dry season) can start as early as late February or early March and may linger until middle of June,” the PAGASA chief noted.
However, Servando said the public should still expect and brace for cyclones even during the summer months.
“It doesn’t mean that during dry season, wala na po tayong inaasahan na bagyo,” he explained.
Servando said the state weather bureau is eyeing “zero to one” storm during the months of March and April, while “one to two” cyclones are forecast to visit the country in May.
Every year, an average of about 18 to 20 storms affects the Philippines.
Last year, the state weather bureau recorded a total of 17 cyclones in the country. (PNA)