Cloudiness, rain likely till Saturday

MANILA -- Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over the Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol Region and Palawan province, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 24-hour forecast released Friday afternoon.

The tail-end of a cold front is affecting eastern sections of Southern Luzon and the Visayas.

PAGASA also forecast partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Metro Manila and rest of Luzon.

"Amihan" or the northeast monsoon is affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

"Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the entire archipelago with moderate to rough seas," PAGASA said.

According to the State weather bureau, strong to gale-force winds associated with surge of "amihan" will likely affect Southern Luzon's eastern and southern seaboards covering Catanduanes province, eastern coasts of Albay and Sorsogon provinces, southern coast of Mindoro provinces and northern coast of Palawan province.

PAGASA forecast for such areas to experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.

Strong to gale-force winds are also possible in Northern Luzon's northern seaboard covering Batanes province, Calayan and Babuyan islands, as well as northern coasts of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan provinces.

Mostly cloudy skies with light rains are likely there, noted PAGASA.

Expected 52 kph to 63 kph winds in seaboards cited in the warning can fan 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 sa while larger sea vessels are alerted dagainst big waves," PAGASA added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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