Pagasa: Expect warmer days ahead

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

MANILA -- Expect warmer days ahead as the northeast monsoon starts to weaken, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Thursday.

Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that cold weather can still be experienced, but only in northern Luzon due to the weakening northeast monsoon.

He said most parts of the country will experience fair weather for the next three days with the easterlies affecting Luzon and Visayas.

He also said that with the presence of the easterlies, localized thunderstorms are easily formed.

(Photo Courtesy: Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration)

He added that no tropical cyclone is expected to affect the country until weekend.

Aurelio said that the tropical storm with international name Faxai is not expected to enter the country's area of responsibility.

For Thursday forecast, Aurelio said Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have fair weather aside from isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon and Visayas.

He added that Mindanao will experience fair weather aside from isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said Pagasa has yet to declare summer in the country since the criteria have yet to be met.

He said dry season begins when the northeast monsoon stops blowing into the country; when a high-pressure area (HPA) is present; and the easterlies or warm air from the Pacific Ocean prevails.

Loiz said it will be the HPA and easterly wind that will bring warm and humid weather in the country during summer.

The northeast monsoon is the mass of cold air from Siberia that blows into the country starting mid-October and usually lasts until March.

Loiz said they expect the northeast monsoon to likely cease during the second or third week of this month, signaling the start of the summer season. But even if it's still not summer, Loiz advised the public to prepare for hotter days ahead as the northeast monsoon starts to weaken.

Loiz said temperature in Metro Manila already began to rise during late afternoon in the past few days.

From March 1 to 5, he said minimum temperature in the metropolis already ranged from 19.5 degrees Celsius to 22.2 degrees.

He said maximum temperature in Metro Manila for the past five days ranged from 30.5 to 32.3 degrees Celsius.

Loiz said Metro Manila will have an average afternoon temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius on April and 35 degrees Celsius on May.

Last year, Pagasa officially declared the start of summer in March 18.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to occasionally strong winds from the northeast will prevail over the eastern section of Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the northern and eastern seaboard of the Northern 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," Pagasa said. (PNA)

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