Warm weather continues on Thursday

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Except for isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, the public will continue to experience warm and humid weather due to ridge of high pressure area (HPA) extending over Luzon that continues to be the dominant weather system affecting the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday.

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In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that warmer weather will continue in most parts of the country including Metro Manila that will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

He said the ridge of high pressure area (HPA) 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 hotter.

However, Cada advised the public to bring umbrella because of possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized thunderstorms or convections.

He explained that the convective activity brought about by intense heat triggers the formation of more cumulonimbus clouds or dark clouds associated with thunderstorms that brings rains.

On Wednesday, thunderstorms brought rain to several parts of the country, including Metro Manila. The rain brought relief from the hot weather.

Cada said that rain from thunderstorms also fell over parts of Metro Manila on Wednesday night.

The temperature in Metro Manila for Thursday will range from 25-36 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, Cada said the inter-tropical convergence zone that has caused rain over Mindanao will not have much effect in the south.

He added that in the next two to three days, the country will continue to be spared from cyclones as no weather disturbance is seen near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

For Thursday, PAGASA said the whole country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

It added that light to moderate winds blowing from the southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the east to southeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. PNA

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