Mindanao faces better weather prospects

MANILA-- The weather in Mindanao is likely to begin improving this weekend.

The tail-end of a cold front (TECF) affecting the region, along with the Visayas and Palawan province, may soon move northwards away from Mindanao, said weather forecaster Benison Estareja of the state weather bureau, PAGASA.

"The TECF's northward movement will pave the way for improving weather in Mindanao this weekend," he said.

In its 24-hour forecast released Thursday, PAGASA said cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms are possible in Mindanao's Caraga region and Zamboanga peninsula.

Such rains may trigger landslides and flash floods, warned PAGASA.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolatedthunderstorms are likely over the Visayas, Palawan and the rest of Mindanao, PAGASA also said.

If the TECF moves northwards, Estareja said this weather system will affect Southern Luzon and the Visayas.

"Those areas may experience this weekend cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms," he said.

Estareja said the northeast monsoon or 'amihan' continues to affect Luzon.

He however noted that the 'amihan' isn't bringing strong to gale-force winds at present and it may further weaken this weekend but resurge anew next week.

According to PAGASA, 'amihan' starts over Siberia as a cold, dry air mass that gathers moisture while traveling across the Pacific Ocean towards the Philippines.

PAGASA said 'amihan' affects the Philippines' eastern portions from October to March.

'Amihan' is characterized by "widespread" cloudiness with rains or showers, PAGASA added.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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