NORTHERN and Central Mindanao will experience light rains on New Year’s Day due to the trough of a low pressure area (LPA) and the northeast monsoon affecting Mindanao.
The state weather bureau PAGASA however said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone.
It added that the agency however continues to monitor the LPA which will be named “Agaton”, the first cyclone of the year, in case it intensifies into a tropical depression.
PAGASA said it expects zero to one cyclone to affect the country for the month of January.
The Visayas will also experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to northeast monsoon.
The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, temperature in Metro Manila has dropped to 19.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning as recorded at PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
PAGASA said the drop in the temperature was due to the effects of the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”
The northeast monsoon is the cold wind associated with the Christmas season. It starts blowing into the country from Siberia every mid-October and strengthens every mid-December. It usually peaks from early January to mid-February.
In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.
PAGASA also said strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon will affect the western and eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas.
“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts along these coasts were advised against venturing out to the sea, while larger sea vessels were alerted against heavy seas”, it added. PNA