PAGASA sees good weather until weekend, no cyclone in next 5 days

Published February 4, 2021, 11:10 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

There may be zero or one tropical cyclone that may enter or affect the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this month, a weather forecaster said on Thursday.


Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ariel Rojas said zero or one cyclone usually enters or affects the country’s area of responsibility in February based on climatological records.

Rojas said tropical cyclones forming in February usually hit the northeastern part of Mindanao or cross the central part of Visayas before it completely dissolves.

Others tend to recurve or return to the Pacific Ocean and will not make landfall, he said.

As of Thursday, Rojas said PAGASA does not expect the formation of a tropical cyclone within the PAR in the next three to five days.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will continue to Luzon and Visayas, and some parts of Mindanao in the next 24 hours.

Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Samar may experience moderate to at times heavy monsoon rains.

PAGASA advised those in these areas to remain vigilant against possible flash floods or landslides.

Light amihan rains may also affect Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated light monsoon rains.

The rest of Mindanao will have “fair” weather condition due to partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated rain showers from localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA warned the public against possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of northeast monsoon could also trigger rough to very rough seas over the eastern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon, and eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas.

Fishing boats and other small boats were advised to prevent from travelling out to sea, while larger sea vessels were asked to remain alert against big waves due to risky sea travel over these waters.