Light rains expected over eastern section of PHL — PAGASA

March 18, 2014 8:58 am 

MANILA, March 18 — Expect light rains due to the moderate to strong northeasterly surface windflow which continues to affect the eastern sections of the country, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said that the cold winds of the northeast monsoon coming from Siberia continue to weaken and the strong northeasterly surface windflow coming from the North Pacific Sea or Philippine Sea is causing the warm wind.

He added that due to the wind convergence and low pressure area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the regions of Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light rains and isolated thunderstorms.

Perez said Luzon including Metro Manila will still have generally good weather condition.

He said 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."

He added the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Perez said PAGASA has yet to declare the start of summerin 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 will signal the start of the dry or summer season.

Meanwhile, Perez said the weather agency continues to monitor the low pressure area (LPA) spotted over the Pacific Ocean which is projected to enter the country within the next 24 hours.

He said once the LPA enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will bring light to moderate rains over Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao particularly Caraga region.

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

In case the LPA intensifies into a tropical depression, it will be named "Caloy," the third cyclone to affect the country this year.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds from the 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 will affect the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts 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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