Cloudy Valentine's Day, rains in Mindanao until weekend — PAGASA

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

MANILA, Feb. 14 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said that cloudy and rainy weather will continue to prevail in Mindanao until weekend because of the presence of a low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that although the LPA has a slim chance of entering the country, its trough or extended clouds is projected to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Mindanao until Sunday.

He said the LPA was still over the Pacific Ocean and was moving westward, below Mindanao's landmass.

If the LPA continues with its westward movement, he said it is expected to pass the bottom landmass of Mindanao outside the PAR.

However, if the LPA changes its track to west northwest, it is possible to enter PAR by weekend.

Quitlong that the LPA still in the sea and has a slim chance to develop into a tropical cyclone.

Quitlong said the agency continues to monitor and in case the LPA enters the country and intensifies into a tropical depression, it will be named "Caloy," the third cyclone to affect the country this year.

Meanwhile, Quitlong said it will be a cold Valentine's Day as many parts of the country including Metro Manila will continue to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible occurrence of light showers until Sunday due to the cold northeast monsoon.

He reiterated that PAGASA expects the termination of the northeast monsoon or "hanging amihan" during the last week of this month or early March.

The northeast monsoon is the mass of cold air from China that blows into the country usually from mid-October to early March. (PNA)

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