Pagasa: Good weather to prevail until Friday

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MANILA -- Most parts of the country are projected to have sunny to partly cloudy skies in the next two to three days as the easterlies will be the dominant weather system to affect the country, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.

In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Rene Paciente said the easterlies are affecting the eastern section of the country, wherein localized thunderstorms are easily formed.

"Aside from possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized thunderstorms or convections, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, and most parts of the country will generally have good weather until Friday," Paciente said.

The forecaster said they are monitoring a cloud cluster near eastern Mindanao that may develop into low pressure area (LPA).

Paciente, however, said no cyclone was expected to affect the country until Friday.

He added that Pagasa may officially declare the start of summer this week.

Paciente said the termination of the northeast monsoon with the easterly winds replacing it as the prevailing wind system, signals the beginning of summer or dry season in the country.

The northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is the cold wind from Siberia that blows into the country, usually from mid-October until March.

The agency said summer season begins when the northeast monsoon is no longer present; the easterlies prevail; and when a high-pressure area (HPA) is present over the north Pacific Ocean.

The HPA, which is the opposite of the low pressure area (LPA), is a weather system consisting of warm air circulating over the Pacific Ocean.

Paciente noted that they already monitored a ridge of an HPA over the north Pacific Ocean, near south of Japan.

He said both the easterlies and the HPA will bring high temperatures to the country during the summer.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to occasionally strong winds from the east will prevail over the whole country.

Meanwhile, the coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to occasionally rough. (PNA)

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