Rainy weekend in Bicol, Visayas, Mindanao due to 3 weather systems affecting PH

By on December 19, 2014

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MANILA — The Bicol Region, the Visayas and MIndanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers until the weekend due to three weather systems affecting the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Friday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said the tail-end of a cold front is affecting Eastern Visayas while the northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon and the trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) is affecting Southern Mindanao.

Mendoza said the low pressure area is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and spotted some 1,500 km east of southern Mindanao.

He said the LPA has a slim chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone.

However, Mendoza said due to trough or extended cloudines of the LPA, Mindanao will experience light to moderate rainshowers until the weekend.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said parts of Bicol Region and the Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains until the weekend because of a tail-end of a cold front.

The tail-end of a cold front is the front boundary of two air masses, which produces clouds and rain.

Northern Luzon, on the other hand, will remain to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains due to the effects of the northeast monsoon.

Mendoza said the rest of the Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains because of localized thunderstorms.

He also said the state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of northeast monsoon that will cause rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and of 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,” it warned.

In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and 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.