‘Amihan’ surges to bring monsoon rains

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz

Expect generally fair weather apart from some monsoon rains over some parts of the country in the next few days with the resurgence of the northeast monsoon or “amihan.”

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Chris Perez said the northeast monsoon or “amihan” may persist until Wednesday or Thursday. Northern and Central Luzon, especially the eastern section, will have cloudy skies with light rains.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will be warm and humid with partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated thunderstorms occurring in the afternoon or evening.

“Episodes of ‘amihan’ surges may still prevail next week but just the tip of Northern Luzon will feel its effects,” Perez said.

The northeast monsoon season is waning and nearing its end and will likely be terminated before the end of the month, he added. The end of the “amihan” season will be followed by the official onset of warm and dry season in the country.

Perez also said PAGASA does not see the formation of a low pressure area or tropical cyclone inside the country’s area of responsibility within the next two to three days.

A gale warning remains in effect on Monday due to “rough to very rough” sea conditions across the northern and eastern coastlines of Luzon.

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 rest of the country will experience slight to moderate sea conditions.