By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Warm and humid weather will prevail over the country this weekend as easterlies continued to affect the whole archipelago, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In its latest weather update issued Friday morning, PAGASA said that Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.
PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said this weather condition was caused by easterlies or the warm winds from the Pacific Ocean, and localized thunderstorms prevailing across the country.
The state weather bureau warned the public on possible isolated flash floods or landslides in high-risk areas during severe thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, in various cities in Luzon, Bulquerin said the temperature will range from 25 to 33 degrees Celsius (°C) in Metro Manila; 22 to 30°C in Tagaytay; 26 to 33°C in Legazpi City, Albay; 24 to 31°C in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; 25 to 33°C in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; 24 to 34°C in Tuguegarao; and 16 to 24°C in Baguio City.
In the Visayas and Mindanao, the temperature range will be from 26 to 33°C in Iloilo; 26 to 33°C in Tacloban; 26 to 34°C in Cebu; 26 to 34°C in Davao, 25 to 32°C in Cagayan De Oro, and 24 to 34°C in Zamboanga.
PAGASA announced on March 20 the termination of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” which signals the start of the dry season.
With hotter days ahead, the bureau advised the public “to take precautionary measures to minimize heat stress and optimize the daily use of water for personal and domestic consumption.”