MANILA-- Farmers must brace for more wet weather during the remaining days of the month.
"Weather systems that will affect the country are the northeast monsoon or 'amihan', the tail-end of a cold front and low-pressure area (LPA)," the state weather bureau, PAGASA, said in its 10-day agri-weather forecast from Jan. 21 to January 31.
PAGASA indicated the possibility of a wet weather, particularly in the Bicol region, the Visayas and Mindanao.
"During the forecast period's early days, those areas as well as Aurora, Quezon and Palawan provinces can experience cloudy skies with rains and thunderstorms due to the tail-end of a cold front," said PAGASA weather observer Ana Clauren.
She noted that the tail-end of the cold front will likely continue bringing cloudy skies with rain or thunderstorms to Bicol and the eastern parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, about halfway through the period, while light rains, due to the 'amihan', are possible in northern Luzon.
"An LPA may bring cloudiness with rain or thunderstorms to Bicol, the Visayas and Mindanao during the period's latter part," Clauren said.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain or thunderstorms are possible across the rest of the country, she added.
The bureau said land preparation, planting and harvesting of crops are already in progress in the country, thus farmers must keep their farm facilities in good condition to better protect their produce and livestock.
"Always use covered vans when transporting goods to markets," PAGASA said.
In its 10-day forecast, PAGASA noted the possibility of two to six rainy days in the Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol regions, as well as in the Visayas and Mindanao; one to four in the Negros Island Region (NIR); and zero to three in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
For the rest of the country, the bureau forecast up to three or four rainy days.
"The NIR lies in the Visayas' western portion. Even before reaching this region, clouds will likely already dump much of the rain in eastern and central Visayas," Clauren said.
She was not expecting Mindanao's ARMM to experience much cloudiness and corresponding rain.
Such condition is possible if the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) prevails there, she noted.
"The ITCZ isn't among the weather systems likely to affect the country until this month's end, however," she added. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency