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The Hot and Dy Season continues to draw travelers to the country’s world famous beaches and attractions. If you’re planning to hit the beach today, the weather will be in your favor!
 
According to PAGASA, the Ridge of a High Pressure Area (HPA) extends across Luzon and Visayas, while Easterlies prevail in the eastern section of Mindanao. “Ridge” refers to the extended part of a High Pressure Area or an anticyclone. When this weather system prevails, formation of clouds is usually suppressed, producing  less chance of rains. Meanwhile, Easterlies are warm and humid winds coming from the Pacific Ocean. However, since warm air or heat is a major factor for cloud formation, Easterlies can also generate isolated thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.
 

 
The entire  country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies, or generally fair weather except for isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the latter part of the day.
 
Humid weather is still expected today. The highest temperature can reach up to 36 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao.
 

We welcome colder nights and mornings as the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan affects the entire country.
 
Amihan refers to cold and dry air from Mainland China where winter is in progress. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that this weather system usually peaks between January and February; hence the 9.2 degrees Celsius recorded in Baguio City yesterday, the city’s lowest temperature this 2017.
 
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Aside from the cold weather, the Amihan also brings rains. Today, cloudy skies with chances of lights rains will prevail in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao and the provinces of Aurora, Quezon and Rizal.
 
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
 
Due to strong winds caused by the Northeast Monsoon, gale warning remains in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon and Visayas, as well as in the western seaboards of Luzon.
 
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Mendoza added that there is no weather disturbance expected to affect the country in the next two to three days. Catch the replay of the interview in this video:
 

 
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Affecting the whole Luzon, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan)has strengthened, bringing cold weather and cloudy skies with light rains over the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and the province of Aurora. It will also be bringing isolated light rains in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Meanwhile, light to moderate rains will prevail in the Bicol region, CALABARZON and the provinces Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Samar. For the rest of our country, good weather condition will prevail.
 
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And because the Amihan has intensifed, PAGASA raised gale warning in the seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas. With rough to very rough sea conditions, fisherfolk with small seacraft are prohibited from venturing into the said seaboards.
 

As temperature drops, here are the lowest temperatures recorded yesterday:
 
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Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains are expected in Batanes, Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands as the Amihan continues to affect extreme Northern Luzon. Meanwhile, clear skies with a chance of rain showers are expected in Metro Manila and the rest of the archipelago as we count down the last 6 days before the year ends.
 
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Jorie Loiz, expect cold weather in the whole Luzon as Amihan intensifies. Loiz added that cold winds might affects Visayas as well as Amihan reaches its peak. So be ready with your sweaters and blankets as you sleep in this holiday season!

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It’s an all-too familiar scenario: when the rains fall and temperatures drop, you find yourself heading to the office pantry, the kitchen, the nearest café, or wherever you can score your fill of munchies.
 
But what is it about the cold weather that makes us want to consume more calories? Well, according to Executive Chef slash Nutritionist Ma. Lourdes Cruz-Caudal, we tend to eat more during cold weather because our body needs to maintain its normal body heat or temperature. A way to cope with the cold is through eating, since calories are transformed into energy or heat.
 
But for those who are watching their weight, you don’t need to worry about the keeping the cravings on a tight leash. According to Chef Lourdes, one only needs to make the right food choices.
 
• Veer away from animal fats in meats like pork and beef, which can be converted to cholesterol that can lead to high blood pressure. Instead, go for the healthier alternative: fruits, vegetables and fish oils, the latter containing heart-healthy essential fatty acids.
• Avoid too much consumption of salty foods, such as junk food as these can cause illnesses like hypertension.
• If you’re fond of spicy food, go for it. Though Koreans thrive in spicy dishes that help warm the bodies, Chef Lourdes warns those with delicate stomachs against its consumption, as spicy food can trigger discomfort and even ulcer in some.
 
So don’t despair if you’re munching more than usual these “ber” months. Quality matters much more than quantity. When in doubt, you may consult a dietitian or nutritionist to plot out a menu, and compute your required calorie intake, which is according to your height and weight. But if you don’t have the budget, you can D-I-Y your food plan on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) website and look for the topic, Food-based dietary guidelines Philippines.

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Picture this: dark skies, the rain falling on the roof in a gentle rhythm, your window panes peppered with raindrops sliding down the glass intermittently like comets streaking across the sky. Something about the whole thing makes you want to dig up those poignant memories, or tune in to sad, sappy songs on the radio. Some may call it a touch of melancholy, but experts have given this weather-driven mood swings a name: Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
 

SAD is a depression disorder linked to the change in seasons, which women, who are naturally in touch with their emotions and prone to hormonal changes, are more likely suffer three times more than men. Though SAD is not limited to rainy weather, this disorder is only experienced by a minority during the summer.
According to psychologytoday.com, 10 million Americans are affected with SAD, with 10 – 20% experiencing its mild version, commonly felt by those below 20 years old when it rains.
Meanwhile, Dr. Concepcion Sy, a Clinical Psychologist, says it is rare for Filipinos to experience extreme SAD. Usually, Overseas Filipinos experience this disorder more frequently, especially during the Ber months. The cold weather, along with hormonal changes during menopause or menstrual-related events, may trigger emotions associated with emotional isolation and mild depression.
 

Here are some other common symptoms of SAD:
• Laziness
• Increase in appetite
• Preference to be left alone
• Lack of focus

 

When the emotions become too overwhelming, Dr. Sy recommends seeking psychological help. Its mild version, however, may be managed by socializing with friends, or for by being productive.
Even if the weather hinders you from leaving your home, you can still connect with loved ones through social media sites, and the telephone. Sometimes, a simple conversation or a simple task such as decluttering your room can go a long way in chasing those rainy day blues away.
 
 

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/seasonal-affective-disorder
http://sites.psu.edu/siowfa14/2014/09/18/does-weather-affect-your-mood/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder

The northeast monsoon or amihan, characterized by cold and dry air from Siberia or Mainland China, brings lower temperatures and light rains mostly over the northern sections of the Philippines. Today, it prevails over Northern Luzon, bringing cloudy skies with light rains over the regions of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera. The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have at times cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

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On the other hand, Eastern Visayas and CARAGA will experience light to moderate rains today so better bring your umbrellas before leaving for work or school. The remaining part of the country can expect fair weather conditions with partly cloudy to cloudy skies in the following hours.

Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds is expected over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, prompting PAGASA to issue a new gale warning this morning. Sea travel will be risky over the mentioned seaboards. Fishermen are advised against venturing out into the sea in the following hours.

In other news, Tropical Storm Higos is now located at 2,300 kms. east of the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Packing winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 180 kph, it continues to move in a west northwest direction. State Meteorologist Meno Mendoza says it is still too far to affect the country. However, continuous monitoring will be implemented.

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WORLD WEATHER NEWS IN NEW ENGLAND

After the record-breaking late January blizzard, New England prepares for another big storm in the following days.

Classes have been cancelled in Boston until Tuesday. Drivers and commuters are also warned against travel as they brace for another winter storm over a big part of Southern New England as well as Central New York and the Western Catskills – areas identified in the winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service.

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The northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon and Eastern Visayas. This cold and dry air will bring mostly partly cloudy skies with light rains in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos, Bicol and Eastern Visayas and in the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, while Metro Manila will have fair weather conditions aside from drizzling.

Good weather will prevail in the rest of Visayas and Mindanao.

Due to the surge of the northeast monsoon, gale warning is up over the seaboards of Northern Luzon. This includes Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos provinces, La Union, Pangsinan and Isabela. Seaboards mentioned will have rough to very rough sea conditions caused by wind speeds of 52 to 63 kilometers per hour.

Wave height may reach 4.5 meters. Fisherfolk and other small sea vessels are advised against big waves.

February: Good morning to colder weather!

According to PAGASA, the northeast monsoon, locally known as amihan, is at its peak during this month. Aside from light rains, colder mornings will be more common.

Yesterday, most parts of Luzonexperienced lower temperatures, which are expected to drop in the coming days.

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The cold and dry air of the northeast monsoon or amihan will bring cloudy skies with light rains in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas, and in the provinces of Aurora and Quezon. Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, may experience drizzle due to the same weather system.

The rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.

Since the start of northeast monsoon, PAGASA has recorded a significant drop in temperature. Expect a gradual decrease in temperature in the coming days as the country continues to experience the presence of the amihan, Weather Forecaster Jun Galang said.

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Le Tour De Filipinas 6th Edition: Who will triumph in the final stage?

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The sixth edition of the road cycling tournament, Le Tour De Filipinas, is now on it’s final leg. Cyclists will face the mountainous terrain of Kennon road from Lingayen, Pangasinan to Baguio City with a distance of 150.10 kilometers.

Yesterday on its Stage 3–Iba, Zambales to Lingayen, Pangasinan, which took three hours of racing– RTS, Santic Racing Team member Tino Thomel from ___ (state which country) won 3rd place.

2nd place on the leg is Mehdi Sohrabi of TPT Cycling Team from Iran, while Hariff Salleh of Terengganu Cycling Team from Malaysia was the first placer.

Watch the highlights of Le Tour De Filipinas Stage 3 on the link below: