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.
Warm Wednesday and Monsoon Break
In the midst of the Rainy Season, generally fair and warm weather is expected with the presence of the Ridge of a High Pressure Area (HPA) today.
“Ridge” refers to the extended part of an HPA or an anticyclone. Unlike a Low Pressure Area, this indicates an area where the atmospheric pressure is higher than its surroundings. Formation of clouds is usually suppressed, thus, less chance of rains. As it extends across Luzon, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country only with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
In an interview with PanahonTV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Robert Badrina said that the country is on a monsoon break.
Badrina also said that the country will experience a storm-free week.
A new weather disturbance was spotted outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
At 4:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was located at 525 kilometers southeast of General Santos City. PAGASA Weather Forecaster Benison Estareja said that this weather disturbance is not expected to enter PAR. However, its advancing clouds are bringing rains in some parts of Mindanao.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected in the regions of Davao, Soccsksargen, ARMM and the Zamboanga peninsula.
Meanwhile, the extended part of High Pressure Area is bringing generally fair weather in Luzon, Visayas and the rest of Mindanao. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Tropical Depression “Dante” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) without hitting any of the country’s landmass.
At 4:00 AM today, the center of the tropical depression was estimated at 1,450 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 60 kph, moving northeast at 20 kph.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, the High Pressure Area (HPA) affected the direction of the weather disturbance.
Today, the extension of a Fontal System is affecting extreme Northern Luzon. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail in the province of Batanes and the Islands of Calayan and Babuyan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of the country mostly in the afternoon or evening.
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.
Annually, on the second Sunday of May, countries across the world honor mothers.
As you go about celebrating this special day, you and your mom can enjoy generally fair weather in the country.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, the Ridge of High Pressure continues to dominate Northern and Central Luzon, while Easterlies prevail over the eastern section of Southern Luzon, as well as Visayas and Mindanao.
Ridge is an extension of a weather system associated with good weather conditions. High Pressure Area refers to the planet’s surface with a greater atmospheric region compared to its surrounding environment. It is also an anti-cyclone and causes warm and fair weather. On the other hand, Easterlies refer to warm and humid air coming from the Pacific Ocean, and can cause isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
This Sunday, partly cloudy to cloudy skies and warm weather will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country. However, there is still a chance of isolated rains in the latter part of the day when clouds precipitate after accumulating enough water during the warm days.
So, if you’re planning to take your mom to the park, mall, spa or movie house, make sure to hydrate properly. Also bring umbrellas in case it rains.
The Easterlies still dominate the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon, as well as Visayas and Mindanao, while the Ridge of High Pressure Area continues to extend over Northern Luzon. These two weather systems will be bringing good weather condition all over the country, including Metro Manila. However, there are still chances of isolated rain showers and/or thunderstorms mostly in the eastern section of the country.
The Ridge of High Pressure Area extends over the Northern Luzon. Because of this, the whole country will have sunny weather. However, PAGASA warns of isolated rain showers which normally occurs in the afternoon or evening.
Haze in Cebu City
According to environment officials, the haze presence in Cebu City may be the effect of the wildfire raging in Indonesia.
Because of this, temperatures significantly dropped. Normally, the city has an average of 32 degrees Celcius, but with the haze, temperatures are now pegged at 26 – 31 degrees Celsius.
Haze is an atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and other dry particles obscure the clarity of the sky.
Thunderstorm activities are frequent, even during good weather conditions. And since the Ridge of High Pressure Area remains as the dominant weather system today, this will trigger thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
The whole country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.
Residents in Metro Manila are still advised to avoid direct sunlight; temperatures will range from 25 to 35 degree Celsius.
Road Re-blocking and Repair this Weekend
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority advises motorists to take alternate routes due to the scheduled road repair by the Department of Public Works and Highways.