Cloudy skies, rain likely till Friday

MANILA, -- Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, which may trigger flash floods and landslides, will be experienced over the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions, as well as Aurora and Quezon provinces, the state weather bureau, PAGASA, said in its 24-hour forecast released Thursday afternoon.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolatedthunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Visayas, the Caraga region and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon provinces, PAGASA also said.

The bureau located the new low-pressure area at 515 km. east of Surigao del Norte province's Surigao City as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

Luzon's Cordillera and Cagayan Valley regions will likely experience cloudy skies with light rains, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains are possible over Metro Manila and rest of Luzon.

The northeast monsoon or 'amihan' continues to affect Luzon, PAGASA said.

It also forecast partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms over the rest of Mindanao.

According to PAGASA, moderate to strong winds from the northeast to east will blow over Luzon and Visayas, where coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

"Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north, with slight to moderate seas," PAGASA said.

Strong to gale-force winds associated with a surge of 'amihan' will affect Northern Luzon's northern and eastern seaboards covering Batanes province, Calayan and Babuyan islands, Cagayan province, the northern coast of Ilocos Norte province and Isabela province.

Mostly cloudy skies with scattered light rains will prevail in such areas, PAGASA noted in its gale warning released Thursday afternoon.

Strong to gale-force winds associated with a surge of 'amihan' will also affect the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, as well as of the Visayas, covering Aurora province, the Camarines provinces, Catanduanes province, the eastern coasts of Albay, Sorsogon and Quezon provinces, Polilio Island as well as Samar and Leyte provinces, PAGASA continued.

Cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rains and isolated thunderstorms are possible in these areas, where expected 52 kph to 63 kph winds in the seaboards will likely 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 sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," PAGASA added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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