• Sunny to partly cloudy in most parts of PH

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    Most parts of the country will experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localizedthunderstorms or convections except in Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the southwest monsoon or “hangin habagat” has weakened.

    He added due to weakening southwest monsoon the gale warning was also lifted as fishing boats and other small seacrafts can now venture out but are still alerted against moderate to rough seas.

    Loiz said most parts Luzon, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    Loiz said that Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

    ITCZ will be the dominant weather system affecting Mindanao.

    ITCZ, which is the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia, is considered a breeding ground for low-pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones.

    Due to ITCZ, he said Mindanao, Western Visayas and Palawan will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Meanwhile, Loiz said the country is expected to be storm-free in the next three days.

    He said PAGASA is not seeing any weather disturbance near the Philippine territory that may intensify into a cyclone for the next two to three days.

    The state weather bureau expects at least two to three storm to affect the country this month.

    Next month, he said the state weather bureau is expecting three to four storms to hit the country.

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

    In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

    It added light to moderate winds coming from the southwest to south will prevail over Visayas and Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. PNA

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