By Alexandria San Juan
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers will prevail over parts of Mindanao this weekend due to the trough of Typhoon “Hagibis,” which remains outside the country, said the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In its latest weather update issued Friday morning, PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said the trough or extension of Hagibis will still affect the eastern section of Mindanao bringing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in CARAGA, Davao region, and Northern Mindanao.
PAGASA earlier said that Hagibis is no longer expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and will continue to head towards Japan where it is expected to make a landfall this weekend.
Meanwhile, the northeasterly surface wind flow, or the initial rush of northeast monsoon or “amihan,” is still the prevailing weather system in the country which may bring slightly cooler weather over Luzon.
In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers is expected due to localized thunderstorms.
The state weather bureau advised residents affected by the trough of Hagibis and localized thunderstorms on possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.
PAGASA added that a gale warning was also raised on the seaboards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora and northern coast of Ilocos Norte as seas Rough to very rough
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves, PAGASA said.