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Expect warmer days ahead – PAGASA

 

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Warm and humid easterly winds will remain the dominant weather system across the country this week with daytime air temperature over Metro Manila reaching a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius by Thursday and Friday.

The low pressure area (LPA) which was initially monitored as a cloud cluster east of the country is also less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA estimated the location of the LPA at 1,680 kilometers east-southeast of Mindanao on Tuesday morning.

Weather specialist Chris Perez said the LPA has no direct effect yet over any part of the Philippines and may remain outside the country’s area of responsibility in the next two to three days. It has also a minimal chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone.

However, the weather disturbance may bring cloudy skies with chances of rain showers or thunderstorms over some parts of Mindanao by Thursday or Friday.

“The high moisture content of the easterlies and less cloud cover are causing the warm or ‘summer’ weather across the country,” Perez explained.

However, the warm mornings may lead to sudden but short-lived rains in the afternoon or evening.

PAGASA warned of possible flash floods over low-lying areas or landslides in mountainous communities during severe thunderstorms.

It will be slightly warmer in Tuguegarao City with a maximum daytime air temperature of 36 degrees Celsius during the same period, Perez said.

The weather bureau has not issued a gale warning on Tuesday thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.

“The whole country will have generally slight seas apart from offshore thunderstorm activity over the eastern coast of Mindanao. Fisherfolk and those with small sea craft should remain alert for possible scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger rough seas,” Perez added.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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