The country remains storm-free on the last day of the month but the presence of the Tail-End of a Cold Front and Northeast Monsoon will continue to unleash rains in several parts of Luzon.
The Tail-End of a Cold Front is the extension of a frontal system, where cold air dominates the warm air mass. The convergence of winds with different characteristics can form convective clouds that will bring rains in affected areas. MEanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon or Hanging Amihan is composed of cold and dry air coming from the Mainland China or Siberia.
In the next hours, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon. Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light rains, while the rest of the country can expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, the surge of Amihan prompted PAGASA to raise a gale warning in the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon, where fishing boats and other small seacraft are alerted against moderate to rough sea conditions.
March Weather Overview
As we step into another month, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez said that at least one Tropical Cyclone is expected to develop or enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in March. A cyclone may hit the landmass, particularly in Visayas or Southern Luzon or it could move near the land but will spare the country and will re-curve away.
Rains, induced by three weather systems, will make flash floods and landslides possible in some parts of the country.
At 3:00 a.m., the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 265 kilometers southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. As the Tail-end of a Cold Front dampens the eastern sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas, the Northeast Monsoon brings rains in portions of Northern Luzon.
In the next hours, Bicol Region, Quezon, Palawan, Eastern Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods or landslides. In Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail with isolated light rains. In the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies or generally fair weather can be enjoyed with possible isolated rain showers.
Gale warning is still hoisted in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon that covers Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, the northern coasts of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte. In these areas, fishing boats and small seacraft are prohibited from venturing due to rough to very rough seas.
Three days before the month ends, a weather disturbance was last spotted at 205 kilometers west-southwest of General Santos City, South Cotabato. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that the possibility for the Low Pressure Area (LPA) to develop into Tropical Cyclone remains slim but it will continue to bring rains in several parts of the archipelago.
Bicol Region, Eastern and Central Visayas, and Caraga will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms. MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula and the province of Quezon will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Residents of these areas are advised to be alert for possible flooding or landslides.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon, locally known as Hanging Amihan, is also dominant in Northern Luzon. Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Ilocos Region will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains. Mendoza said thatt the Hanging Amihan is expected to persist until mid-March and will gradually weaken in the next few days.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country can expect generally fair weather condition apart from isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. Thunderstorms often occur in the latter part of the da, when the accumulated heat forms convective clouds.
Moderate to rough coastal waters will prevail in Northern Luzon, the eastern sections of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and of Mindanao. Elsewhere, slight to moderate sea condition will be experienced, making sea travel favorable for fishing boats and other small seacraft.
Portions of the country will experience rains due to a Low Pressure Area (LPA) within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
At 3:00 a.m., this weather disturbance was spotted at 615 kilometers east-southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, the LPA has a slim chance of developing into a Tropical Cyclone. However, Caraga and Davao will still endure cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods or landslides. Eastern and Central Visayas, and the rest of Mindanao will likewise experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.
Amihan, the cold and dry air from Siberia is also affecting Northern Luzon. This will bring light rains iin the regions of Cagayan, Cordillera, and Ilocos. The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and Western Visayas can enjoy generally fair weather though localized thunderstorms are still possible.
In Luzon, temperatures are also expected to soar. In Metro Manila, a scorching 33 degrees Celsius air temperature is anticipated today.
A Low Pressure Area (LPA) was spotted at 1,105 km east of Mindanao. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Sheilla Reyes, the said weather disturbance is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) anytime today.
The probability for this LPA to develop into a Tropical Cyclone remains slim, but as it moves closer to the country’s premises, its trough or extension will affect portions of Mindanao. Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in the regions of Caraga and Davao.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon or Hanging Amihan will bring chances of isolated light rains in Ilocos Norte, Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands. Metro Manila and the remaining parts of the archipelago can expect generally fair weather apart from isolated thunderstorms in the latter part of the day. The Amihan also affects the sea condition in the northern and western sections of Northern Luzon, where rough to very rough seas are expected.
Scorching heat was felt yesterday in some parts of the country. Here are the highest temperatures recorded by PAGASA:
Cotabato City – 35.7 degrees Celsius
Zamboanga City – 35 degrees Celsius
Subic Bay, Zambales – 34.9 degrees Celsius
Today, warm and humid weather will persist in the eastern sections of Luzon and Visayas due to the Easterlies. While temperatures continue to escalate, PAGASA clarifies that the tag-init season has yet to be declared. Two of the major factors to be observed before the termination of the Northeast Monsoon include the establishment of High Pressure Area and changes in the wind pattern.
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Warm and humid winds coming from the Pacific Ocean or Easterlies will continue to affect the eastern section of the country. Because heat and moisture are factors in cloud formation, it will also bring rains in several parts of the archipelago.
In the next hours, Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.
No gale warning was issued today due to the weak Northeast Monsoon or Hanging Amihan. But according to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, it is expected to be in effect again this Thursday or Friday.
No weather disturbance or Tropical Cyclone is expected to enter Philippine premises in the next 2 to 3 days, but the public is still advised to keep monitoring updates from the weather bureau.
Meanwhile, PAGASA released the top 3 places that has recorded the highest temperatures yesterday due to the prevailing Easterlies.
The Northeast Monsoon or Amihan has weakened, leaving Easterlies, the warm and humid aid from the Pacific as the dominant weather system.
With the presence of Easterlies, Caraga and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the rest of the country including Metro Manila, can expect a generally fair weather only with chances of isolated rain showers.
Gale warning has also been lifted.
The Northeast Monsoon is still affecting Extreme Northern Luzon, while a possible trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was spotted in Mindanao.
In an interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, he said that the LPA east of Mindanao is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone but may still dampen some areas.
Today, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands will have cloudy skies with scattered rains. Meanwhile, Davao Region can expect cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorm. In the rest of the country including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with isolated rain showers.