• No storm seen until New Year

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    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said the country will continue to be spared from storms until the end of the year.

    PAGASA said the tail-end of the cold front will bring rains over Bicol region while the Northeast Monsoon to affect Northern Luzon.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said they are not anticipating any cyclone to affect the country until December 31.

    Escullar said the agency do not see any weather disturbance near the country’s area of responsibility as most parts of the country will continue to enjoy relatively good weather for the next three to five days.

    Except for Northern Luzon, the Bicol Region and Western Visayas, Escullar said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will remain to have sunny to partly cloudy skies until Tuesday, with possible afternoon or evening rains because of the localized thunderstorms.

    She noted that Bicol Region, Mimaropa and Western Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Cordillera will experience cloudy skies with light rains due to the effects of the tail-end of the cold front and northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the east and northeast over Southern Luzon.

    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.

    PAGASA said strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern 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 said. PNA

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