By Elllalyn De Vera-Ruiz
A weakening northeast monsoon or “amihan” prevailed over Northern Luzon, bringing light rains over some areas in the region on Sunday.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geohysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Loriedin dela Cruz, a slight “amihan” breeze, especially in the early morning or late evening may prevail over Aurora, Batanes, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Quirino, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Apayao.
These areas may also experience light rains until Monday.
The “amihan” may also bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country may have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers from localized thunderstorms.
The hot and humid mornings could trigger rains and possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms mostly occurring in the afternoon or evening.
PAGASA, however, does not see the formation of a low pressure area or tropical cyclone inside the country’s area of responsibility within the next two days.
A gale warning remains in effect on Sunday due to “rough to very rough” sea conditions across the coastlines of Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan group of islands, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.
Fishing boats and small sea crafts were advised not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were asked to remain alert against big waves.
The eastern section of Luzon will have moderate to rough seas, while the rest of the country will experience slight to moderate sea conditions.