ITCZ, localized thunderstorms across country today — PAGASA

Published July 4, 2020, 6:02 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and localized thunderstorms will remain the dominant weather systems across the Philippines on Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday afternoon said the axis of the ITCZ is currently extending across Mindanao.

ITCZ is the merging of trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres, characterized by frequent and often severe thunderstorms.

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may affect Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will continue to be partly cloudy to cloudy in the morning with chances of afternoon or evening rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA continued to remind the public to take extra precautions in the event of severe thunderstorms, as flashfloods or landslides are possible in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Severe thunderstorms are often associated with bursts of heavy rainfall, lightning, thunder, and gusty winds that usually last up to two hours.