Expect cloudy skies with some rains: PAGASA

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The government weather agency has forecast cloudiness and some rain in the country within the next 24 hours ending 5:00 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 9) and cautioned against moderate to rough seas off Southern Luzon and the Visayas.

”Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern 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 Wednesday.

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

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


The agency likewise expects partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms in the remaining parts of the country.

PAGASA said the prevailing weather is caused by the trough of a low-pressure area affecting Mindanao and the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon.

According to PAGASA, the northeast monsoon or ‘amihan’ wind is associated with cloudiness and rains.

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

PAGASA reminded people to exercise caution when setting out to sea, expecting moderate to rough coastal waters along the eastern areas of Southern Luzon and the Visayas.

Sea condition in these areas would not be calm as PAGASA forecast moderate to strong winds from the northeast.

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

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