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The Ridge of High Pressure Area continues to affect Luzon. This weather system is associated with fair weather conditions and high temperatures.

Today, the Philippines will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Temperatures may reach up to 35 degrees Celsius with the heat index forecast showing 40.2 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila.

To counter the heat while looking your best, wearing light-weight and light colored clothing is recommended. Sunglasses don’t only look trendy; they also protect your eyes from the glare. Umbrellas with bright colors help shade you from the sun’s rays while giving off happy summer vibes.

In other news, PAGASA releases the revised classification of tropical cyclones effective May 01, 2015.

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Accordingly, the public storm warning signal system of the agency was also modified.

Photo courtesy: Met Office
Photo courtesy: Met Office

Typhoon Dodong has slowed down while maintaining its strength. According to the latest severe weather bulletin of PAGASA, at 10 AM, Dodong was spotted at 210 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of 195 kph. Dodong continues to move west-northwest at a speed of 20 kph.

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said that Dodong is expected to make landfall tomorrow early morning at Isabela, Cagayan area. Anticipate heavy to intense rains within the 200-kilometer diameter of the typhoon.

On Monday next week, Dodong will be on its way out moving towards Japan.

Public Storm Warning Signals

11AM Severe Weather Bulletin of PAGASA
11AM Severe Weather Bulletin of PAGASA

Aside from the areas under signals no. 1,2 and 3 light to moderate rains are expected over Metro Manila, the rest of Central Luzon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and the rest of Visayas.
The rest of the country will have fair weather apart from isolated rains or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.

Storm Surges
PAGASA said that there are possible occurrences of storm surges over the areas under Signal no. 3 and 2. Wave height may reach from 4.1 to 14 meters.

Estimated Forecast Storm Surge Height
Estimated Forecast Storm Surge Height

All sea vessels are not allowed to venture out into the sea especially on the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.