Northeast monsoon continues to bring cold rainy weather over PHL

February 24, 2014 7:54 am 

MANILA, Feb. 24 — Public are advised to bring umbrella as cold and rainy weather will remain in many parts of the country due to the effects of the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said on Monday.

In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains will continue to prevail in many parts of the country because of the northeast monsoon.

The northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is a mass of cold air that blows into the country from Siberia.

It is responsible for the cool weather the country experiences from early November to mid-March.

Until Wednesday, Quitlong said the northeast monsoon is expected to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains over parts of the Visayas and Luzon including Metro Manila.

Mindanao, on the other hand, he noted will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized convection triggered by wind convergence.

He added that the first three days of the week will continue to be storm-free.

However, Quitlong said the agency is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA), first spotted last Wednesday, which has remained almost stationary over the Pacific Ocean.

He said the weather disturbance is quite far and not expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) for the next four to five days.

Quitlong said that based on numerical models, the weather disturbance has a high chance to become a tropical depression.

Once the LPA intensifies into a tropical cyclone and enters the country, he said it will be named "Caloy," the first cyclone to affect the country this month and the third for this year.

PAGASA still expects at least one storm this month.

For Monday forecast, PAGASA said the regions of Cagayan and Bicol and the Provinces of Quezon and Aurora will experience cloudy skies with light rains.

It added that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the entire archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the eastern seaboard of the country.

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

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