• PH to remain storm-free until weekend

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said the country will continue to be storm-free until weekend.

    In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said they have not monitored “any weather disturbance” near the Philippine area of responsibility.

    Aurelio said partly cloudy to cloudy skies will continue to prevail in most parts of the country.

    For the next two to three days, Aurelio said the eastern sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains due to the tail-end of the cold front.

    He noted that parts of Northern and Central Luzon will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with occasional light rains because of the effect of the northeast monsoon.

    The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, he added will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized thunderstorms.

    Aurelio said that temperature in Metro Manila will range between 23-30 degrees Celsius for Friday, while Baguio City between 13-21 degrees Celsius.

    Aurelio said the public may expect cold mornings in the coming weeks due to the effects of the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”

    The northeast monsoon is the cold winds associated with the Christmas season.

    It starts blowing into the country from Siberia every mid-October and strengthens every mid-December.

    Aurelio said the northeast monsoon usually peaks from early January to mid-February.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Ilocos will have cloudy skies with light rains.

    It added that Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters 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 may expected to affect the eastern seaboards 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 advised. PNA

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