PAGASA: Expect light to moderate rains over Visayas

March 12, 2014 10:26 am 

MANILA, March 11 — Expect light to moderate rainshowers over Visayas in the next 24 hours due to wind convergence and low pressure area (LPA) in east of Mindanao, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said that as of 4 p.m., the LPA was spotted some at 146 km southeast of General Santos City (5.6ºN, 126.4ºE) and the estimated center of the LPA is expected to traverse over Southern Mindanao by Wednesday.

She said the LPA has slim chance to intensify into tropical depression and expected to dissipate due to cold winds of northeast monsoon.

But in case it intensifies into a tropical depression, she said it will be named "Caloy," the third cyclone to affect the country this year.

Saludes said due to LPA and wind convergence, it is projected to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over parts of Visayas.

She also said Mindanao will have gradual weather improvement and expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In another interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said Luzon including Metro Manila will still have generally good weather condition for the next two days.

He said only partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible passing light rains will be experienced in these areas due to the effect of the “weak” northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.

Pura noted that the cold northeast monsoon coming from Siberia will continue to weaken.

“Patuloy pa rin itong (northeast monsoon) humihina at posibleng mawala na ito around third week (of March),” he said.

Pura said PAGASA has yet to declare the start of summer in the country as the northeast monsoon still prevails over Luzon.

He noted that termination of the northeast monsoon and with the easterlies replacing it as the dominant weather system in the country, signals the start of the dry or summer season in the country.

Last year, PAGASA declared the onset of summer on March 18.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over Visayas and Eastern Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao.

"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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