• Cloudy skies, light rains seen in most parts of PHL

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Saturday said that most parts of the country will continue to experience a cloudy skies with light rains.

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    Weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that except for Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao, Metro Manila and the rest of the Luzon will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

    Mendoza said that rains from the inter-tropical convergence zone is likely over Palawan and parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

    Because of the ITCZ, which is the breeding ground for low pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones, he said these areas are expected to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to moderate rains.

    He added that they continue to monitor a potential cyclone, a low-pressure area, approaching from the east.

    But Mendoza said the weather disturbance is still too far away to have any effect on the country but expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday.

    In its advisory, Pagasa said that light to moderate winds from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the west to southwest over Mindanao.

    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, it added.

    Binga keeps 1 gate open

    Meanwhile, as the weather improves, Ambuklao Dam in Benguet already closed its gates while Binga Dam also in Benguet kept one gate open to let out excess water since its water level remained high.

    As of 6 a.m., Binga still kept one gate open at 0.6 meter as its water level rose to 574.42 meters or 0.58 meters short its spilling level of 575 meters as compared to 574.21 meters on Friday.

    Pagasa said Ambuklao Dam closed its spill gate as of 6 a.m. Saturday and the water level of Ambuklao was at 751.38 meters below the dam’s spilling level of 752 meters.

    Pagasa said Ambuklao had kept one gate open at 0.3 meter on Friday.

    Ambuklao and Binga’s water flows downstream to the San Roque Dam in Pangasinan province, which can contain the water spillage.

    San Roque Dam’s water level stood at 274.54 meters as of 6 a.m. on Saturday, or way below its normal 280.00-meter level.

    In Novaliches, Quezon City, La Mesa Dam’s water level stood at 78.96 meters, or below the spilling level of 80.15 meters and it is in green alert or in operational level as its water level in normal following improved weather condition in Metro Manila.

    Pagasa said on Saturday that rain may fall over parts of the country as the inter-tropical convergence zone is across Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.

    Meanwhile, water levels of Magat Dam in Isabela, Ipo and Angat Dam in Bulacan province, Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija province and Caliraya Dam in Laguna province are either below or at normal levels, the weather agency added.PNA

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