• Fair weather expected to prevail over PH except E. Visayas


    Most parts of the country will continue to have fair weather in the next two days, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that due to the easterlies affecting Northern Luzon, the rest of the country, including Metro Manila will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies until Tuesday except for possible afternoon or evening rains because of localized thunderstorms or convections.

    Mendoza said that due to wind convergence, Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    He added that the agency has monitored a low pressure area in the Pacific Ocean which is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday.

    He also said that if the LPA enters PAR, it will not immediately affect the country but it will bring rains over Eastern Visayas and Bicol region in the next 48 hours.

    The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has already categorized the weather disturbance as tropical depression.However, Mendoza said the JMA has its own criteria different from PAGASA in upgrading an LPA to a cyclone.

    Based on PAGASA models, Mendoza said the LPA has a chance to become a tropical depression but it depends on its speed and movement.

    In case it intensifies into a tropical depression, he said it will be named “Ester,” the fifth cyclone to affect the country this year, Mendoza said.

    He also said that warm temperature is expected to continue to prevail in Metro Manila on Sunday and range from 24 to 35 degrees Celsius.

    Metro Manila’s maximum temperature recorded on Saturday at the Science Garden in Quezon City was 35.2 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m., and the coolest at 6 a.m. at 24.2 degrees Celsius.

    The hottest temperature that was recorded in Metro Manila so far this year was 35.7 degrees Celsius last March 28.

    Based on PAGASA’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

    So far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan at 37.9 degrees Celsius last March 31.

    The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was also in Tuguegarao at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.

    It added that light to moderate winds coming from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of the Visayas and Luzon and from the north to northwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. PNA


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