Northeast monsoon to bring light rains over N. Luzon

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Monday, March 10, 2014

MANILA -- Most parts of the country is expected to have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible brief rain shower mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms or convections.

In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said, however, that parts of Northern Luzon including Batanes and Calayan group of islands will have cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon.

Quitlong said they are continuously monitoring a cloud cluster in the Pacific Ocean which has a slim chance of developing into a low pressure area due to strong winds of the northeast monsoon.

He added they are not expecting any cyclone to affect the country until Wednesday as they are not seeing any low pressure area that will move or form near or within the Philippine area of responsibility in the next three days.

Earlier, Pagasa said it is expecting “zero to one” storm to enter the Philippine territory this month.

In another interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said warmer weather is expected to prevail in many parts of the country until Wednesday.

She said the rise in the temperature is due to the continued weakening of the cold northeast monsoon from Siberia and the strengthening of the easterlies or warm winds from the east.

She added that by Tuesday, the easterlies are expected to affect parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

With the presence of the easterlies, she said thunderstorms are easily formed that brings localized rains.

Pagasa added that the ridge of high pressure area and easterlies are the two weather systems that will signal the start of the summer season.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon, Visayas and Eastern Mindanao and 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.

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

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it warned. (PNA)

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