• Trough of LPA brings light to moderate rains over Visayas, Mindanao

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    The Visayas and Mindanao will experience light to moderate rains Thursday due to a trough of a low pressure area (LPA) affecting these areas while the northeast monsoon continues to induce light rains and brings low temperatures in Northern and Central Luzon, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

    PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone but the agency 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.

    Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    The temperature for Metro Manila will be range from 20-32 degrees Celsius while Baguio will be 12-24 degrees Celsius.

    Galang said that expect cold mornings in the coming days which is attributed to the drop in the temperature 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 and usually peaks from early January to mid-February.

    The state weather bureau said that moderate to strong winds blowing 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.

    The strong to gale-force winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas.

    “Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA warned. PNA

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