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As Easterlies or winds from the Pacific ocean continue to dominate in the eastern section of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, good weather condition is expected in the the country. Take note, however, that there is still a chance of isolated rain showers and/or thunderstorms in the afternoon or in the evening.
And because “Tag-init” is almost here, it’s the season to travel! Here are a few activities you can enjoy in the country’s different provinces:


This 2015, we experienced fewer but enhanced Tropical Cyclones. A deciding factor is the strong El Niño, which continues to prevails throughout the world. But as we welcome the new year, here’s what we can expect, weather-wise.

According to PAGASA, the Amihan or Northeast Monsoon will prevail, bringing cold weather and light rains over Cagayan Valley and the province of Aurora. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will continue to have good weather conditions with chances of isolated light rains. Meanwhile, in Visayas and Mindanao, generally fair weather will be experienced, with possible localized thunderstorms in most parts of the eastern section due to the easterly wave.
For those who are still having their vacation out of town, you can still enjoy sightseeing as there will be NO bagyo on New Year’s Day.
In line with this, an average of 18-21 bagyo will be experienced this 2016. Here’s the lists of names of the possible bagyo.

Because of thesStrong El Niño, we might be experiencing fewer than the normal average number of bagyo. But if there will be more than 25, an auxiliary list from PAGASA will be released.

But until then, let’s welcome New Year’s Day wholeheartedly, as we enjoy the good weather conditions it brings!

The good weather continues in the Philippines this week.

Based on PAGASA’s latest weather forecast, the weakened northeast monsoon still only reaches the extreme Northern Luzon area.

Today, the whole archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, as we anticipate the coming of the Hot and Dry season in the country, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gener Quitlong shares the highest temperatures ever recorded in Philippine history.

1) On May 11, 1969, Tuguegarao City peaked at 42.2 degrees Celsius.

2) In Metro Manila, 38.5 degrees Celsius was recorded making May 14, 1987 the hottest day in the metro.

The closest the records got to being broken was when Cabanatuan City experienced 40.4 degrees Celsius in the year 2002.


The low pressure area (LPA) monitored outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has already weakened into cloud clusters. As of now, no weather disturbance is affecting any part of the country.

The ridge of a high pressure area prevails over Northern Luzon, bringing fair weather over Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera and Ilocos Regions. Metro Manila and the rest of the archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said this ridge will continue to affect the Philippines in the next coming days as we approach the official hot and dry season. The prevailing presence of the high pressure area causes rising temperatures in most parts of the country including Metro Manila.

MTSAT Image from JMA.
MTSAT Image from JMA.

Yesterday, a scorching temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius was recorded at 1:50 PM at the PAGASA Science Garden, Quezon City. For today’s temperature, Metro Manila will experience 21 to 33 degrees Celsius while Metro Cebu can expect 25 to 31 degrees Celsius. A range of 25 to 33 degrees Celsius is expected over Metro Davao.

Avalanche forms over Afghanistan

More than 100 people have died in Afghanistan due to an avalanche triggered by heavy winter snow. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) defined an avalanche as a rapid flow of snow down a hill or mountainside. It occurs in certain times of the year particularly during the Winter Season.

Meanwhile, according to the National Disasters Association (NDA), the avalanche is derived from the French word “avalance” which means descent. It is a mass of snow, sometimes mixed with ice and debris travelling down the mountainside.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, it is also called a “snow slide,” similar to landslide but instead of soil or rocks, snow and ice falls down from the mountainous areas.

Deadly avalanches in Panjshir province, Afghanistan

Expect a warm and humid Monday as the easterlies prevail over the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon.

Coming from the Pacific, th easterlies cause hot weather and generate thunderstorms, affecting the eastern sections of the country where they will bring rains, mostly during the latter part of the day.

In the latest weather forecast, PAGASA said the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos, Central Luzon and the province of Quezon can expect cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers today.

The remaining parts of the country, including Metro Manila, can enjoy fair weather apart from localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, State Meteorologist Gener Quitlong said in an interview with Panahon TV that the Low Pressure Area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility has dissipated.

In this case, the country remains free from any weather disturbance. Also, no gale warning has been raised by PAGASA today.

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Starting today until Friday, February 20, PAGASA celebrates the National Astronomy Week with the theme, “Reaching our People: Transferring Knowledge in Astronomy”.

Among this year’s activities are free planetarium shows and telescoping sessions at the Science Garden and the Observatory, respectively.

The Star Party Contest for High School Level is also slated in Laoag City where a seminar / workshop will also be held for public school Science Teachers.

The planetarium shows will be conducted from 8 AM to 5 PM daily as the telescoping sessions and lecture starts 7 PM nightly at the Observatory. All activities will be on a first-come, first-served basis.