Northeast monsoon to prevail over Luzon, says PAGASA

Published December 14, 2018, 1:57 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The northeast monsoon or ‘hanging amihan’ will continue to prevail over most parts of Luzon bringing cloudy skies and light rains in the area, the state weather bureau said.

(satellite image courtesy of PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN)
(satellite image courtesy of PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its latest weather update on Friday said that amihan will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Isabela, Quezon, and Rizal province.

PAGASA warned residents in the said areas that flash floods or landslides are possible due to light to moderate rains.

Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and the rest of Cagayan Valley Region will experience cloudy skies with light rains also due to the northeast monsoon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail over the rest of Luzon because of amihan while localized thunderstorms will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers in Visayas and Mindanao,

PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said that while the country will experience rains, no tropical cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this weekend.

Meanwhile, Perez said that a gale warning was also issued by the state weather bureau on Friday for Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, the eastern coast of Albay, the eastern coast of Sorsogon, the eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Island, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar due to amihan.

Coastal waters in the areas will be rough to very rough, with wave heights reaching from 2.8 meters to 4.5 meters, PAGASA said.

Small boats were warned not to venture on coastal waters of provinces where gale warning was raised.