• Moderate to heavy rains in Visayas, Mindanao

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    Government’s weather agency continued forecasting cloudiness and precipitation in the country within the next 24 hours ending 5 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 14) and cautioned about possible flash floods and landslides in some areas as well as expected moderate to rough seas nationwide.

    ”Mindanao, Eastern and Central Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains howers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said inits 5 a.m. 24-hour public weather forecast released Monday (Jan. 13).

    PAGASA also expects cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms in Bicol Region, Mimaropa and the rest of the Visayas.

    Rain showers are precipitation of short duration while thunderstorms are occurrences marked by rain, lightning and thunder.

    Cloudy with isolated light rains are forecast for Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, PAGASA continued.

    PAGASA made the forecast, noting the low-pressure area (LPA) it is monitoring already reached the vicinity of Mindanao’s Surigao del Sur province.

    The northeast monsoon or ‘amihan’ wind continues affecting Northern and Central Luzon, PAGASA also said.

    ’Amihan’ is associated with cloudiness and rains and affects the country’s eastern portions from October to late March, PAGASA noted.

    PAGASA continued urging caution when setting out to sea, expecting moderate to rough coastal waters nationwide.

    ”Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao,” PAGASA noted.

    Earlier, PAGASA said if the LPA develops into a tropical depression while within PAR, it will be named ‘Agaton.’

    Tropical depression is one classification of tropical cyclones and is marked by maximum wind speed of some 63 kph, PAGASA noted.

    ’Agaton’ is the name PAGASA assigned to the first tropical cyclone in the country this year. PNA

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