Expect good weather in the next 24 hours

March 18, 2014 8:58 am 

MANILA, March 17 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday said that good weather condition will continue to prevail in most parts of the country.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said this is so due to the moderate to strong northeasterly surface windflow affecting the eastern sections of the country.

Cada explained that the cold winds of the northeast monsoon coming from Siberia continues to weaken and now the strong northeasterly surface windflow coming from the North Pacific Sea or Philippine Sea causing the warm wind.

”Yung northeast monsoon humihina pero yung direksyon ng hangin dun pa rin nanggagaling kung kaya’t hindi pa rin nateterminate pero kaya mainit na yung hangin dahil yung pinanggalingan ay sa dagat na,” he noted.

Cada said 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.

Meanwhile, Cada said the weather agency continues to monitor the low pressure area (LPA) that was spotted over the Pacific Ocean which projected to enter the country by Wednesday.

He said the LPA is expected to enter the boundary of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday.

He further noted that it is too early to tell if the LPA will become a tropical depression because it is too far the country.

In the next 24 hours, Cada said that the regions of Caraga and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light rains and isolated thunderstorms, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds from east to northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon that 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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