Not yet rainy season but rains may fall over Northern, Central Luzon — PAGASA

May 16, 2013 9:50 am 

MANILA, May 16 — Rains can be expected over the eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon affected by the diffused tail-end of a cold front, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on Thursday.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the regions of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduqe, Romblon, Palawan) and Zamboanga Peninsula will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the summer has not yet ended despite the rains in recent days.

PAGASA said the southwest monsoon has arrived, but there are criteria to be met before they can formally declare the start of the rainy season.

Loiz said that the habagat (southwest monsoon) is one of the main components of the rainy season which is starting to cause cloud formations that may bring rain to the country.

He said the other component to declare the start of the rainy season is rains that should be 25 millimeters or more for five consecutive days that can be seen in at least five weather stations of the western part of the country.

Loiz added that while summer has not yet ended, the public should take precautions against flash floods because of recent rain showers and thunderstorms.

For Thursday, Metro Manila may expect temperatures of 25 to 34 degrees Celsius while Tuguegarao City may expect 24 to 34 degrees Celsius.

Despite rains in other parts of the country, PAGASA said the highest temperature recorded in Metro Manila at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday was 34.5 degrees Celsius at the Science Garden in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, light to moderate winds from the southeast to south will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and from the southeast over Mindanao.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, PAGASA added. (PNA)

LAM/CLTC

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