By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Filipinos can expect a relatively cooler weather during the observance of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) thanks to the northeast monsoon or “Amihan” and a developing low pressure area (LPA).
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has spotted the LPA at 600 kilometers east of Davao City.
The LPA will likely bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Visayas, and Mindanao.
PAGASA warned of possible flash floods in low-lying areas as well as landslides in mountainous regions.
Meanwhile, Quezon, Aurora, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino will have occasional light rains, while the rest of Northern and Central Luzon including Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains from Friday until Sunday due to the southward migration of Amihan.
Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms are also likely in these areas.
The weather bureau said Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will be cloudy with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms during the forecast period, mainly because of the expected approach of the LPA over southern Philippines.
PAGASA said moderate to strong winds coming from the northeast is expected to prevail over northern and central Luzon, with moderate to rough coastal waters.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast with slight to moderate seas.
Based on PAGASA’s historical record, one or two tropical cyclones enter or make landfall on the country during November.