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MANILA — Expect rains in most parts of the country due to the three weather systems affecting the Philippines on Sunday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said a low-pressure area (formerly tropical depression “Onyok”) is affecting Mindanao, the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is affecting Northern and Central Luzon, while a tail-end of a cold front is affecting Southern Luzon.

As of 4 a.m. Sunday, the LPA was spotted some 170 kilometers east-northeast of Zamboanga City (7.5N, 123.3E).

Aurelio said the LPA is expected to dissipate within the day.

Aurelio said the LPA, northeast monsoon and tail-end of the cold front will bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides over SOCCSKSARGEN, Bicol Region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and the Provinces of Aurora and Maguindanao while cloudy skies with light rains will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

Aurelio said the state-run weather bureau also issued a gale warning due to the effects of the northeast monsoon as the sea condition would be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds expected to affect the northern, eastern and western seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboards of the Visayas.

“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA warned.

Aurelio also said that within the next two to three days, no weather disturbance is seen near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

For the weekly weather outlook, by Monday until the rest of the outlook period (Dec. 21-25), the whole country will generally have an improved weather condition bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies throughout the archipelago apart from isolated rains or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds are expected over Northern Luzon while light to moderate winds will prevail over the rest of the country. PNA

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