By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Cool weather with light rains will prevail this weekend as the northeast monsoon or ‘hanging amihan’ continues to blow cold winds and affect over the whole country, the state weather bureau said.
In its weather update issued on Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that, while the northeast monsoon will continue to affect the country, no tropical storm is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility in the next three days.
Apart from cold weather, light rains will in parts of the country due to northeast monsoon.
Cloudy skies with light rains will prevail over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Regions, and over the provinces of Aurora and Quezon.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains also because of amihan.
While no significant impact is expected among the regions affected by amihan, PAGASA has raised gale warning on some coastal areas in Luzon due to the surge of the northeast monsoon.
PAGASA weather specialist Menro Mendoza said a gale warning was raised over the seaboards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte with wave heights of up to 4.5 meters.
Coastal waters on extreme northern section of Luzon strong with wave heights of up 2.8 to 4 meters.
While moderate to strong coastal waters are expected over the seaboards on the rest of the country with wave heights of 1.2 to 2.8 meters.
The state weather bureau warned fishermen and others with small vessels not to venture on coastal waters of provinces where gale warning was raised.