Further cloudiness, precipitation expected –PAGASA

January 10, 2014 11:49 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 10 — The government’s weather agency forecasts further cloudiness and precipitation in the country within the next 24 hours ending at 5 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 11) and cautioned about sailing in expected moderate to rough seas nationwide.

”The regions of Caraga and Davao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” State-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said inits 5 p.m. 24-hour public weather forecast released Friday.

PAGASA also said the Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Rainshowers are precipitation of short duration while thunderstorms are occurrences marked by rain, lightning and thunder.

The weather agency made the forecast, citing existence of cloud bands from the low-pressure area (LPA) in the Pacific and presence of the prevailing northeast monsoon or ‘amihan’ wind.

PAGASA located the LPA at an estimated 1,010 kilometers east of Southern Mindanao as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The LPA entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility late Friday afternoon, PAGASA said.

If the LPA develops into a tropical depression, which is a weather disturbance with wind speed of up to 63 kph, PAGASA said it'll be named 'Agaton.'

For Luzon, PAGASA said Cagayan Valley and Aurora province will be cloudy with light rains.

”Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms,” the agency further said.

PAGASA noted the northeast monsoon is affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

According to PAGASA, the northeast monsoon is associated with cloudiness and rains.

’Amihan’ affects the country’s eastern portions from October to late March, PAGASA also said.

It continued urging caution when setting out to sea, noting moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over the country.

”Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough,” PAGASA added. (PNA)



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