• Fair weather prevails until weekend


    Expect fair weather to continue in most parts of the country until weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said that until Sunday, most parts of country will remain to have good weather as no weather disturbance is near the country’s area of responsibility.

    Aside from possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized thunderstorms or convections, he noted that the whole country will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies until Sunday.

    During summer months, Loiz said the easterlies and the high-pressure area (HPA), which is the opposite of a low pressure area (LPA), will be the dominant weather systems in the country.

    He noted that both the HPA and the easterlies will bring high temperatures and good weather conditions to the country in thecoming days.

    With the summer season, Loiz said temperatures in the country could climb up to 37 degrees Celsius in the coming days.

    However, he noted that passing rains, especially in the afternoon or evening, is still possible due to localized thunderstorms or convections.

    Citing climatological record, Loiz said the dry or summer season in the country usually lasts until middle of June.

    Loiz said to avoid heat exhaustion, people should stay indoors as much as possible from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    He also advised the public to wear clothing made of light materials with light colors, to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and to avoid eating food high in protein, which can increase body heat.

    Metro Manila may have a temperature range of 24 to 34 degrees Celsius on Friday, he added.

    Thursday temperatures in Metro Manila rose to a high of 34.2 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m., and was coolest at 5 a.m. at 24.6 degrees.

    On Thursday, the highest temperature was recorded at 37.8 degrees Celsius in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija followed by Tuguegarao, Cagayan with 36.5 and 36.4 in Clark, Pampanga.

    In the Visayas region, Maasim, Leyte recorded 33.1 degrees Celsius followed by Bohol with 33 then Dumagute with 32.5 degrees Celsius and Cebu with 32.

    In the Mindanao area, General Santos City registered 35.2 degrees Celsius followed by Zamboanga at 35.1 degrees Celsius and Butuan had 34.6.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that the whole country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

    It added light to moderate winds blowing from the east will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the east to northeast over Mindanao.

    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.PNA


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