• ITCZ continues to bring rains over Mindanao, Palawan, Visayas

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    Parts of Mindanao and Palawan will continue to experience cloudy and rainy weather in the next three days due to Intertropical Tropical Convergence Zone affecting these areas, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday.

    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.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said an ITCZ will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Mindanao until Friday.

    He said they also expect the ITCZ to oscillate near Visayas that will also induce cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in the island as well as in the region of Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

    On the other hand, Loiz said the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will continue to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible passing rains due to localized thunderstorms in the next two to three days.

    He noted that many parts of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience a “hotter weather with less rains” until Friday due to a monsoon break.

    During a monsoon break, Loiz said warm temperatures could be expected with isolated rains.

    Loiz said the break could last a week or sometimes longer “as long as there is no weather disturbance that will enhance the southwest monsoon” or “hanging habagat.”

    The southwest monsoon, which is associated with the occurrence of intermittent to continuous rains, is the prevailing wind system during the rainy season.

    Meanwhile, Loiz said PAGASA continued to closely monitor a cloud cluster that is embedded along the ITCZ in Mindanao.

    The ITCZ is considered as a breeding ground for a low pressure area (LPA).

    Based on the agency’s numerical models, he said the cloud formation over southeast of Mindanao has a possibility to become an LPA.

    Loiz said PAGASA still expects one to two more storms to hit the country before the end of the month.

    He noted that the next tropical cyclone that will visit the country will be named “Florita.”

    Next month, he said the state weather bureau is expecting three to four storms to hit the country.

    Every year, an average of about 18 to 20 storms affect the Philippines, according to the PAGASA.

    For Wednesday forecast, PAGASA said Mindanao, Western Visayas and Mimaropa will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    PAGASA also said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    It added moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

    Light to moderate winds coming from the southwest to south will prevail over Visayas and Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. PNA

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