PHL STORM-FREE UNTIL WEEKEND

MANILA — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said the country will remain storm-free in the first three days of 2016.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the agency has not seen any weather disturbance near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) that may develop into tropical cyclone within the next three days or until weekend.

He said the agency expect zero to one tropical cyclone to affect the country this month.

He noted the first tropical cyclone will be locally named “Ambo”.

Most parts of the Luzon including Metro Manila will continue to experience cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to the two weather systems affecting the country.

Aurelio said the northeast monsoon is now affecting Northern Luzon while tail-end of a cold front prevails over the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon.

The tail-end of a cold front is the front boundary of two air masses, which produces clouds and rain.

For Friday forecast, PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Bicol region and the province of Aurora while cloudy skies with light rains is expected over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos Region and the rest of Central Luzon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

It added moderate to strong winds coming from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast with slight to moderate seas.

The state-run weather bureau also issued a gale warning due to the effects of northeast monsoon as the sea condition would be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned. PNA/northboundasia.com

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