• Storm free until Wednesday, expect rains over Northern, Central Luzon

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday that the country will continue to be spared from storms in the next two to three days.

    However, moderate to possibly heavy rain is expected over parts of Central Luzon on Monday due to the tail-end of a cold front, state weather forecasters said.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that Aurora and Quezon provinces will have “cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms.”

    It added that Cagayan Valley and Bicol region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Northern and Central Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains while the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    PAGASA said moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon 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.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the weather bureau is not seeing any low pressure area (LPA) near Philippine territory that may intensify into a tropical cyclone until December 4.

    Aurelio noted that cloudy and rainy weather would still prevail in many parts of the country for the next two to three days because of a tail-end of a cold front and northeast monsoon.

    Until Wednesday, he said the eastern sections of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains due to the cold front.

    Northern and Central Luzon, on the other hand, he noted will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains because of the northeast monsoon.

    He added that the rest of the country including Metro Manila will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible afternoon orevening rains due to localized thunderstorms.

    Meanwhile, Aurelio said PAGASA still expects one to two storms to hit the country this month.

    He said cyclones that enter the country this month usually make landfall. “Alamid” and “Bruno” would be the the first and second cyclone for the month of December.

    Every year, PAGASA expects an average of about 18 to 20 storms to strike the Philippines.

    However, this year, 25 cyclones have already entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the last of which was tropical depression “Zorayda” that passed the country last month.

    PAGASA also issued strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon will affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and The Eastern seaboard of Central and 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,” the the state weather bureau warned. PNA

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