No cyclone in next 3 days — PAGASA

February 20, 2014 11:34 am 

MANILA, Feb. 20 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday said the country will continue to be spared from cyclones for the next two to three days.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said they are not anticipating any cyclone to affect the country until Saturday.

However, she said the weather bureau is keeping track of a new low pressure area (LPA) over the Pacific Ocean which they do not expect to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) for the next three days.

She added the LPA is too far to affect the country and its movement was stationary.

If the LPA enters the country and intensifies into a tropical depression, she said it will be named "Caloy," the first cyclone to affect the country this month and the third for the year.

Meanwhile, she said most parts of the country will continue to enjoy relatively good weather for the next three days.

For Thursday forecast, Dadivas advised the public to bring umbrella as the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience cloudy skies with light rains and isolated thunderstorms due to the tail-end of the cold front affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

Dadivas added the northeast monsoon will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains in Visayas while Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon; and the seaboards of Southern and Central Luzon.

"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.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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. (PNA)



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