• Storm free until weekend

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    As the weather disturbance near Mindanao dissipates, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said the country will continue to be storm-free for the next two to three days or until weekend.

    In an interview, PAGASA forecaster Rene Paciente said the low pressure area (LPA) that formed near Mindanao Tuesday morning already dissipated Thursday evening.

    Paciente said PAGASA does not see any weather disturbance near or within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) that could intensify into a cyclone.

    However, he noted that until Sunday, Northern Luzon and Central Luzon will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to occasionally heavy rains because of the tail-end of the cold front and northeast monsoon.

    He said Bicol region, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to wind convergence.

    He added the rest of the country including Metro Manila will experience mix weather from sunny to cloudy skies with possible afternoon and evening rains due to localized thunderstorms.

    PAGASA said that temperature in Metro Manila will range between 23-32 degrees Celsius for Friday while Baguio City between 15-24 degrees Celsius.

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

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

    For Friday forecast, PAGASA said the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

    Bicol region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the regions of Cordillera, Ilocos and Cagayan Valley will be cloudy with light rains.

    Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    PAGASA said that 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 northeast with slight to moderate seas.

    PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds may affect the northern and 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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