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The country remains storms-free as the new week sets in.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, no weather disturbance is expected in the next three days.

Today, Ridge of a High Pressure Area extends over Northern Luzon, while Easterlies affect the rest of the country. These will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies or a generally fair weather will prevail in the entire country only with chances of isolated rain showers or localized thunderstorms in the latter part of the day.

Sweltering days are here as two weather systems begin to prevail.
 
According to PAGASA, an extension or ridge of a High Pressure Area extends over Northern Luzon, while Easterlies remain dominant in the rest of the country. Today, the whole of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience generally fair and humid weather except for chances of localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.
 
The country may be experiencing rising temperatures, but according to PAGASA, the Hot and Dry Season is yet to be officially declared. For this to happen, all of the following indicators should be present: the elimination of the Northeast Monsoon, the presence of High Pressure Area and Easterlies, and increasing temperatures.
 
Today, air temperature in Metro Manila can soar up to 33 degrees Celsius while residents of Tuguegarao can expect a scorching 35 degrees Celsius.
 

 
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.
 

 

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.
 

PAGASA continues to monitor two weather disturbances.
 
At 3:00 a.m., the LPA inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) was spotted at 410 kilometers east-northeast of Hinatuan, Surigado del Sur. However, it has a slim chance of developing into a Tropical Cyclone. Meanwhile, another LPA is being monitored outside PAR. In an interview with PAGASA Chris Perez, he said that the other weather disturbance was located east of Mindanao. It may enter PAR this weekend and bring rains in Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao next week. It may also develop into a Tropical Cyclone.
 
With the presence of Amihan, Cagayan Valley Region and Cordillera Administrative Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rains. Today, the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, can enjoy partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains. Residents of Visayas and Mindanao can also look forward to partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possibilities of isolated rain showers or localized thunderstorms.
 
Gale warning is still in effect in the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon. These include coasts of Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and Isabela. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are prohibited from venturing, while larger sea vessels are alerted against rough to very rough seas.

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Mindanao has dissipated, leaving two weather systems dominant.
 
Today, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains. In Visayas, Bicol Region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula, cloudy skies with scattered rains showers and thunderstorms will prevail, making floods or landslides possible. In Metro Manila, Ilocos Region and Central Luzon, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains will be experienced. In rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will be experienced only with isolated rain showers.
 

 
With the surge of Amihan, gale warning is hoisted off the seaboards of Northern Luzon, down to the western and eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon. These include Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Isabela, Zambales, Bataan, Palawan, Aurora, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes and the eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Island. Due to rough to very rough sea condition, fishing boats and small sea craft are prohibited from venturing, while larger vessels are alerted against big waves.

The Northeast Monsoon or Amihan has slightly weakened but continues to blow through extreme Northern Luzon, while the warm and humid Easterlies, dominate the remaining parts of the country.

In the next hours, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods or landslides. In Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands, cloudy skies with scattered rains will prevail. The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, can enjoy generally fair weather as partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with chances of isolated rain showers.

 

Gale warning has been lifted as well, as Amihan weakens. However, colder days are likely to prevail in February as Siberian winds reintensify.

 

 

In today’s interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Robert Badrina, he mentioned that no weather disturbance is expected within the next three day.

Today’s Philippine Weather Forecast: January 4, 2018
 
 

Tropical Storm Agaton has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
 
At 3:00 AM, the weather disturbance with the international name “Bolaven” was located at 756 kilometers west-northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Moving west at 25 kilometers per hour, the storm is expected to head towards Vietnam.
 
Despite the absence of a weather disturbance, some parts of Luzon and Visayas will experience rains induced by the Tail-End of a Cold Front and the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan. Today, Bicol and Samar will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods or landslides. In Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Aurora, cloudy skies with scattered rains will prevail. In the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will be experienced with isolated rains. The rest of Visayas and Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.
 
Because of the surge of Amihan, gale warning is still in effect in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon, as well as the eastern seaboards of Northern, Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas, where wave height may reach up to 3.4 to 4.5 meters. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves in Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan; the northern coasts of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte; Isabela; the eastern coasts of Cagayan, Aurora, Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Quezon (including Polilio Island); Northern and Eastern Samar.
 
 
Monthly Overview
 
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Rob Gile, the country is expected to remain storm-free in the next three days.
Based on climatological records, an average of 0 to 1 Tropical Cyclone may develop or enter PAR in January. It may hit Visayas and Mindanao or recurve away from the landmass.
 

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Mindanao has intensified into a Tropical Depression and was given the local name Urduja, the country’s 21st tropical cyclone this year.
 
At 10:00 AM today, Tropical Depression Urduja was at 405 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It has maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 65 kph, moving north-northwest at 7 kph. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, it may intensify into a Tropical Storm within the next 36 hours and hit the Southern Bicol Region or the northern part of Samar Provinces on Saturday.
 
 

 
As Urduja heads towards the landmass, Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms, which may trigger flash floods and landslides. In Mindanao, the rest of Visayas, MIMAROPA and CALABARZON, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may cause flash floods and landslides. Cloudy skies with scattered rains will prevail in Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and the rest of Central Luzon. Meanwhile, Ilocos Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
 

 
Because of the surge of Amihan, gale warning is still in effect in seaboards of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas where wave height may reach up to 3.4 to 4.5 meters. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves in Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Aurora, Catanduanes; the northern and eastern seaboards of Camarines Provinces; the eastern coasts of Albay, Sorsogon, and Quezon including Polilio Island; northern and eastern coasts of Northern Samar; and the eastern coast of Eastern Samar.