• Cold northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon, E. Visayas on Friday


    Northeast Monsoon or “hangin amihan” will continue to be the dominant weather system affecting Luzon and Eastern Visayas on Friday.

    In its forecast, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the cold northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is expected to bring cloudy skies with light rains over the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Bicol and Eastern Visayas and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light rains.

    The rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the whole archipelago with moderate to rough seas.

    The state-run weather bureau also issued a gale warning with the presence of strong northeast monsoon as the sea condition will be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the Northern seaboards of 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,” it warned.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said the minimum temperature in Metro Manila on Friday morning was recorded at 19.0 degrees Celsius at 5 a.m. which is lower compared to Thursday’s minimum temperature recorded at 19.5 degrees Celsius.

    Metro Manila’s temperature readings are being recorded daily in the vicinity of the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

    Nonot said the 18.0 degrees Celsius recorded last Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Metro Manila is so far the lowest for this year.

    PAGASA said the all-time lowest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was at 14.9 degrees Celsius on March 1,1963.

    She said the lowest temperature so far this year was recorded at 9.8 degrees Celsius in Baguio City on Monday (Feb. 2).

    She added the country’s summer capital temperature for Friday will range from 11 to 20 degrees Celsius.

    According to PAGASA’s climatological record, Baguio’s coldest temperature ever recorded was at 6.3 degrees on Jan. 18, 1961.

    Meanwhile, Nonot said the agency has not seen any weather disturbance near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) that may develop into tropical cyclone within the next three days.

    She said the agency expect zero to one tropical cyclone to affect the country this month.

    The next tropical cyclone to be locally name “Betty.” PNA


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