Sailing danger remains as ‘amihan’ stirs N. Luzon waters

PAGASA earlier forecast ‘amihan’ to weaken towards this weekend before re-intensifying around Tuesday.

Such weakening would have eased winds over Northern Luzon and calmed seas there.

‘Amihan’ however remains strong and is expected to continue bringing sea-stirring strong to gale-force winds over Northern Luzon.

In its gale warning 11 released Saturday, PAGASA forecast ‘amihan’ to still affect Northern Luzon’s northern seaboard covering Batanes province, Calayan and Babuyan islands, as well as the northern coasts of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte provinces.

Expected 52 kph to 63 kph winds will likely bring rough to very rough seas and waves up to 4.5 meters high.

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

The bureau also forecast until Sunday morning cloudy skies with light rains over Batanes, as well as Babuyan and Calayan islands.

The easterlies are affecting east-lying areas of the country.

“Cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected over Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions,” PAGASA said in its 24-hour forecast released Saturday.

Aurelio cited generally fair weather in remaining areas of the country, however.

“Within the Philippine Area of Responsibility at present, there’s not even a low-pressure area that can bring inclement weather to the country,” he said.

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