Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Light to moderate rains expected over NE Luzon, Palawan, Mindanao

Light to moderate rain may be expected in parts of Palawan and Mindanao, as well as in Northeastern Luzon, due to prevalent weather systems. "The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will still bring light to moderate rainshowers or thunderstorms over Palawan and Mindanao today, while over the northeastern section of Luzon —particularly Cagayan Valley, Aurora and Quezon— light rains will be felt due to the northeast monsoon. The rest of the country will continue to enjoy partly cloudy skies with brief rain showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening," said GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel "Mang Tani" Cruz. "In Metro Manila, there will be few clouds with little chance of rain —just about 10%— in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon and with a 40% possibility of rain showers in the late afternoon or early evening. The highest temperature expected in the metro is 32C," he added. Positive PAGASA outlook PAGASA also acknowledged that the ITCZ is still affecting Mindanao, while the northeast monsoon or "Amihan" is still affecting Northern Luzon. "Ang pag-ulan magkakaroon pa rin ... pero hindi ganoon kalakas," PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran said in an interview on dzBB radio. He also said there is still no low-pressure area or potential cyclone near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at this time. Duran added that while there will be strong winds in parts of Northern Luzon, these are not enough to warrant a gale warning. Rain showers, thunderstorms PAGASA's 5 a.m. bulletin said Palawan and Mindanao will be cloudy with occasional light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms. Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have light rain, it added. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated brief rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Meanwhile, moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and coming from the northeast and east over Eastern Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast and east with slight to moderate seas. —TJD