Rainy weather prevails until weekend - Pagasa

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Friday, January 25, 2013

MANILA -- Cloudy and rainy weather will continue to prevail in many parts of the country until the weekend, the state weather bureau said Friday.

Weather forecaster Alvin Pura of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains due to the effects of the diffused tail-end of a cold front.

Pura said Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Southern Luzon as well as the northeastern portion of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains because of the northeast monsoon, , Pura said.

He added that the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with brief light rains.

Pura further noted that no tropical cyclone is expected to develop or enter the country until Sunday since no weather disturbance has been spotted within or near the Philippine area of responsibility that could strengthen into a cyclone in the coming days.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that Bicol, Cagayan Valley and Aurora and Quezon provinces will be cloudy with light rain while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy skies with brief light rain.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Also, Pagasa said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas.

"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 said.

Meanwhile, Pura said that the cold temperature continues to be experienced in Metro Manila. As of Friday 5a.m., the temperature recorded was 19.3 degrees Celsius at Science Garden in Quezon City.

Pura said that the temperature on Friday slightly increased compared to 18.1 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila on Thursday morning.

Pagasa said the 18.1 degrees Celsius was the coldest temperature in Metro Manila since the beginning of the cold season last month.

Pura said other areas in the metropolis were also relatively cool during that period.

In Baguio City, morning temperature fell to 10 degrees Celsius on Thursday but on Friday, it was ranges from 10-20 degrees Celsius.

So far, the 9.5 degrees Celsius recorded last January 18 was the lowest morning temperature in Baguio since last month.

Pura said the cold weather was due to the presence of the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” that will prevail until mid-March.

The northeast monsoon or seasonal winds from the northeast is the cold air from mainland China that starts to blow into the country every late October.

The all-time lowest in Metro Manila was recorded on February 1962 at 14.6 degrees while Baguio recorded its coldest temperature on January 1961 at 6.3 degrees. (PNA)

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