Clouds, some rain to continue in next 24 hours: PAGASA

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The government weather agency continued to forecast cloudiness and some rain in the country within the next 24 hours ending 5 a.m. on Saturday and cautioned about sailing in Luzon and Visayas as waters are expected to be moderate to rough.

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”The Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5:00 a.m. 24-hour public weather forecast released on Friday.

Rainshowers are precipitation of short duration while thunderstorms are occurrences marked by rain, lightning and thunder.

PAGASA also said Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

Light rains’ rate of fall range between trace to 2.5 mm per hour only, PAGASA noted.

PAGASA made the forecast, noting the northeast monsoon or ‘hanging amihan’ affecting Luzon.

The agency also reported monitoring as of 4:00 a.m. a low-pressure area some 1,460 km east of Southern Mindanao.

According to PAGASA, the northeast monsoon is associated with cloudiness and rains.

’Amihan’ affects the country’s eastern portions from October to late March, PAGASA noted.

PAGASA reiterated caution when setting out to sea, noting moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and the eastern sections of Luzon and the Visayas.

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

Light wind is at 19 kph or less, felt on the face and moves ordinary wind vanes, PAGASA noted.

PAGASA added moderate wind is at 20 kph to 29 kph, which raises dust and loose paper and moves small branches. PNA

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