• ITCZ continues to bring rains in Mindanao & Visayas


    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday said some parts of Mindanao and the Visayas will likely experience rains as the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is expected to oscillate back near the region.

    ITCZ, which is the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia,is considered a breeding ground for low-pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones.

    Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said due to theITCZ, western and central Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

    He added that in the next two to three days the country will continue to be spared from cyclones as no weather disturbance seen near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

    Meanwhile, most parts of the country will have a mixture of sunny and rainy weather in the next three days.

    Until Wednesday, Cada said most parts of the country will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms or convections because of ridge of high Pressure Area (HPA) extending over Northern and Central Luzon.

    HPA is the opposite of the low-pressure area – a weather system consisting of warm air circulating over the Pacific Ocean.

    He said that due to ridge of high pressure area (HPA) it will bring high temperatures and good weather conditions to the country in the coming days as he advised people to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink plenty of water.

    Despite a warmer weather, he said the occurrence of isolated rains will still prevail due to localized thunderstorms expect mostly in the afternoon or evening.

    Cada explained that the convective activity brought about by intense heat triggers the formation of more cumulonimbus clouds or dark clouds associated with thunderstorms that brings rains.

    On Sunday, thunderstorms brought rain to several parts of the country, including Metro Manila. The rain brought relief from the hot weather.

    The temperature in Metro Manila for Monday will range from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said light to moderate winds blowing from the southeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and coming from the east to southeast over the rest of the country.

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


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