Cloudiness, some rainshowers to continue

January 8, 2014 11:27 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 8 -– The government’s weather agency still forecasts cloudiness and some rainshowers in the country within the next 24 hours ending 5 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 9) and urged caution in expected moderate to rough coastal waters in Luzon and the Visayas.

”The Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 p.m. 24-hour public weather forecast released Wednesday.

Rainshowers are precipitation of short duration while thunderstorms are occurrences marked by rain, lightning and thunder.

PAGASA also said Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

Light rains’ rate of fall range between trace to 2.5 mm per hour only, the agency noted.

For the rest of the country, PAGASA forecasts partly cloudy to cloudy conditions with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA made the forecast, noting the trough of a low-pressure area is affecting Mindanao.

”The northeast monsoon is affecting Luzon,” it said.

According to PAGASA, the northeast monsoon or "amihan" wind is associated with cloudiness and rains.

"Amihan" affects the country’s eastern portions from October to late March, the agency said.

It continues urging caution when setting out to sea, expecting moderate to rough coastal waters along Northern Luzon as well as the eastern sections of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and the Visayas.

Sea condition in these areas won’t be calm as PAGASA noted moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast are forecast to prevail there.

”Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas,” PAGASA added. (PNA)

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