MANILA — Government warned of up to 4.0 meter-high waves in waters off Northern Luzon’s western seaboard even if gale-force winds there already weakened due to easing of the southwest monsoon or ‘habagat.’
In its gale warning released Saturday (Aug. 20), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) cautioned against venturing to sea there as it expects 35 kph to 59 kph winds to still cause turbulence in waters off the western coast of Northern Luzon’s Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan provinces.
“Although no longer of gale-force intensity, such strong winds can still bring forth moderate to rough sea condition,” said PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio.
He suggested postponing activities at sea until after weather improves.
“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are alerted against moderate to rough seas,” PAGASA also said in its warning.
PAGASA forecast a partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Northern Luzon.
“Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Luzon,” PAGASA further said in its 24-hour weather forecast also released Saturday.
According to PAGASA weather forecaster Gladys Saludes, ‘habagat’ is not prevailing at present.
She noted ‘habagat’ may begin prevailing again within days, however.
Meteorological conditions in the Pacific can eventually lead to formation of a low-pressure area (LPA) there, she said.
Such LPA can enhance ‘habagat’ and enable this weather system to prevail anew, she added.
Earlier this month, ‘habagat’ lashed at Metro Manila and other west-lying areas of Luzon, dumping rains that triggered flooding in these locations. Catherine Teves/PNA/northboundasia.com