• Northeast monsoon to continue to bring cold mornings

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    The northeast monsoon will continue to bring in cold mornings in the country, according Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza explained that the northeast monsoon has slightly weakened, but this is only temporary.

    He expects the northeasterly wind to lower temperatures again by Tuesday as it affects Northern Luzon.

    “Nagkaroon lang monsoon break but mararanasan ulit natin ito simula ngayon araw pero dahan dahan natin ito mararamdaman magsisimula muna sa Northern Luzon then pababa,” he said, adding the peak of the cold weather was last month due to the strong northeast monsoon.

    He said that temperature rose in a bit during the past two days due to the warm winds from the Pacific Ocean blowing east to southeast across Luzon and the Visayas that caused the brief respite from the chilly northeast monsoon.

    For Metro Manila, temperature on Tuesday will range from 22 to 32 degrees Celsius while Baguio City will have 15-23 degrees Celsius.

    The coldest day in Metro Manila so far was Jan. 26, at 15.8 degrees, while Baguio City was coldest this year on Jan. 19 at 8.1 degrees.

    Meanwhile, for Tuesday forecast, Mendoza said that except for Northern Luzon, the rest of the country including Metro Manila will have a mixture of sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible passing light rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized convective activities caused by the easterlies.

    On the other hand, he said Northern Luzon will experiencepartly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains due to the effects the cold northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”

    He added that in the next five days, the agency does not see any weather disturbance near the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

    They expect at least one cyclone this month and once it develop into cyclone inside the country it will be named “Caloy” the third tropical depression to enter the country this year.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.

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

    PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the seaboards of northern part of Northern 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 warned. PNA

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