• Fair weather to prevail in PH until Wednesday

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    Fair weather continues in the country in the next two to three days as the Northeast Monsoon or “hangin amihan” remains to be the dominant weather system affecting the Philippines.

    In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said on Sunday the cold northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” affecting Northern and Central Luzon is expected to bring cloudy skies with light rains over the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos and the province of Aurora.

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

    Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and from the east to northeast over the rest of Luzon and the Visayas. 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.

    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 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.

    The minimum temperature in Metro Manila on Sunday morning was recorded at 20.3 degrees Celsius, which was lower compared to Saturday’s minimum temperature of 21.0 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 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 last Feb. 2.

    She added the country’s summer capital temperature for Sunday would range from 11 to 21 degrees Celsius.

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

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