• Fair weather this weekend

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said the country will continue to have generally fair weather for the next two to three days.

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    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said many parts of country are expected to have a cold, cloudy weather until Sunday.

    She said that aside from possible occurrence of light showers, Visayas and Luzon including Metro Manila will continue to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies because of the effect of the cold northeast monsoon.

    Mindanao, on the other hand, she noted will have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized convection or thunderstorms.

    Escullar said the trough or the extended clouds of the low pressure area (LPA) over the Pacific Ocean will no longer affect the country as it continued to move away from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

    She said the agency’s numerical models were consistent in showing that the LPA has a “slim chance” of entering the country.

    Escullar said the weather disturbance still maintained its “northeast“ track and continued to move “upward” towards Japan.

    Because of this, she said they expect the country to remain storm-free until Sunday.

    Meanwhile, Escullar said that PAGASA expects “zero to onestorm” to enter the country for the month of March.

    For Friday forecast, PAGASA said that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

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

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