PAGASA: PH to have cyclone-free holiday weekend

No tropical cyclone is expected to affect the country during the holiday weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Weather specialist Benison Estareja said no low pressure areas or tropical cyclones are expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this weekend.

Filipinos will be commemorating the Ninoy Aquino Day on Aug. 21, which falls on a Monday.

Estareja said the southwest monsoon, or “habagat,” will still be the dominant weather system that will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to Palawan, Southern Leyte, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao at least in the next 24 hours.

Flooding and landslides are possible during moderate to heavy rains, PAGASA warned.

Meanwhile, Estareja said hot and humid weather will persist in the rest of Luzon due to partly cloudy to cloudy skies.

However, isolated and short-lived rain showers or thunderstorms are still possible in the afternoon or evening.