THE public will continue to experience warm and humid weather due to easterlies or warm air from the east as it continues to be the dominant weather system affecting the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday.
In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Fernando Cada said the low pressure area hovering in east of Mindanao has already dissipated on Thursday.
He said due to easterlies, the whole country until weekend will have sunny to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains mostly in the afternoon and evening due to localized thunderstorm.
However, he noted that the chances of isolated rains are high in the areas located in the eastern section of the country as they are affected by the easterlies.
He explained that since the easterlies or winds from the east are “warm,” the convective activity brought about by its intense heat triggers the formation of localized thunderstorm clouds.
He added that its “rich in moisture” quality also contribute in the formation of thunderstorm clouds.
Cada noted that within the next two to three days, the country will be storm free as no weather disturbance was seen near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
He said PAGASA expects at least one to two cyclones to affect the country in May.
He said the next cyclone that will enter the country will be named “Dodong.”
Cada said the presence of easterlies will bring high temperatures and good weather conditions to the country in the coming days as he advised people to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink plenty of water.
He said residents of places directly hit by the heat of the sun, without trees, and surrounded by concrete roads would feel much hotter.
On Thursday afternoon, Metro Manila has 35.0 degrees Celsius recorded around 4:20 p.m. at the agency’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City.