Easterlies may persist in eastern PHL till next week

MANILA-- The eastern sections of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao may experience mostly cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms until next week.

"The easterlies will continue affecting those areas and cause such expected conditions there," said weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio of the state weather bureau, PAGASA.

He however said that winds will not reach gale-force intensity during the easterlies' predominance in the country's eastern section.

Aurelio noted that latest available data indicate that the easterlies may predominate there until Thursday (Feb. 23) or Friday (Feb. 24).

"Resurgence of the northeast monsoon or 'amihan' is likely afterwards," he said.

Experts said the easterlies are winds with components from the east.

The annual 'amihan' starts over Siberia as cold, dry air mass which gathers moisture while traveling across the Pacific Ocean towards the Philippines, noted PAGASA.

'Amihan', which is characterized by "widespread" cloudiness with rains or showers, affects the Philippines' eastern portions from October to March.

In its 24-hour forecast released Saturday, the bureau said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are likely over the Cagayan Valley, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao regions, as well as Aurora and Quezon provinces.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms are possible over Metro Manila and rest of the country.

Moderate to strong winds from the east to northeast will prevail over Luzon, as well as the eastern sections of the Visayas and Mindanao. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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