• Occasional rains over Western Luzon to continue


    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) on Saturday said that southwest monsoon continues to be the dominant weather system affecting the country.

    For Saturday forecast, the provinces of Zambales and Bataan will experience occasional rains while Visayas, Mindanao and the province of Mindoro will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    It added the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    Strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of southwest monsoon continues to affect the western seaboard of 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.

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

    Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas.

    Meanwhile, the low pressure area is already inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

    PAGASA said that as of 4 a.m. Saturday the LPA was spotted some 840 km east of Mindanao.

    According to PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza, the LPA has high chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone.

    He added once it develop into tropical depression inside the country it will be locally named “Inday”, the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

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


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