• Good weather prevails until weekend


    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said that good weather condition will continue to prevail in most parts of the country for the next two to three days.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that although partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains could still be experienced in the eastern sections of the Visayas and Mindanao until Sunday, the rest of the country will generally have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible light rains in the afternoon or evening.

    Dadivas said it is a wind convergence or the convergence of “warm and moist” easterlies with other “colder” winds present in the archipelago that will bring showers in the eastern parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

    With a wind convergence, she noted that rain clouds are easily formed.

    Dadivas further noted that no cyclone is expected to affect the country until Sunday.

    For Friday forecast, PAGASA said that Eastern Visayas and the province of Surigao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Metro Manila, the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

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

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

    Meanwhile, Metro Manila’s temperature soared to 33.6 degrees Celsius Thursday afternoon.

    According to weather forecaster Fernando Cada, that so far was the hottest temperature in the metropolis that was recorded by PAGASA this year.

    He said the reading was taken at the agency’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City at 3:30 p.m.

    Cada said the latest reading surpassed last Wednesday’s afternoon temperature of 33.4 degrees Celsius.

    He noted that General Santos City experienced the hottest temperature on Wednesday at 35.4 degrees while Zamboanga City followed at 34.4 degrees.

    “Unti-unti ng humihina ang hanging amihan (northeast monsoon) kaya nagsisimula na rin uminit ang ating panahon,” he noted.

    The northeast monsoon is the mass of cold air from Siberia that blows into the country starting mid-October and usually lasts until March.

    Cada maintained that they expect the northeast monsoon to likely cease during the third week of this month, signaling the start of the dry or summer season.

    PAGASA has yet to declare the start of summer in the country as the northeast monsoon still prevails over Luzon.

    The agency said summer season begins when the northeast monsoon is no longer present; when a high-pressure area is present; and the easterlies or warm air from the Pacific Ocean prevails.

    PAGASA recorded the all-time highest temperature in the country on May 11, 1969 at 42.2 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

    Cada said warmest days are usually experienced in the country during April and May. PNA


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