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It’s official! PAGASA declares onset of dry season

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The state weather agency PAGASA officially declared the official start of the dry season in the country on Friday (March 22).

PAGASA explained that the shift of wind direction from northeasterly to easterly in most parts of the country signifies the termination of the northeast monsoon.

However, occasional northeasterly wind still prevails over extreme Northern Luzon.

PAGASA warned that the persistent weak El Niño that is affecting large areas in the country “may result to prolonged dry spell and hotter air temperatures in the coming months.”

For this reason, the public is advised to take precautionary measures to minimize heat stress and keep hydrated to prevent heat stroke.

The agency also reminded the public “to optimize the daily use of water for personal and domestic use”. — Marje Pelayo

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Expect a rainy President’s SONA on Monday – PAGASA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA issued a special weather outlook for Monday (July 22) on the occasion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth state of the nation address,

According to PAGASA, Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies throughout the day on Monday with high possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening which may bring rainshowers over the area including Quezon City where the President’s SONA will take place at Batasang Pambansa.

Temperature on Monday would be between 26 to 33 degrees Celsius.

PAGASA assured to issue updates as soon as significant changes in the weather pattern for Monday’s event occur.

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LPA now tropical depression ‘Goring’; Signal #1 up in Batanes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The new low pressure area (LPA) monitored north of the country has developed into a tropical depression on Friday (July 19) and has been named ‘Goring’.

As of 10:00 a.m. on Friday (July 19), state weather service PAGASA monitored the weather disturbance at 190 km North Northwest of Basco, Batanes and is moving northeast at a speed of 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 60 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 is now hoisted over Batanes.

PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Batanes as well as in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

“Goring” may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening or early morning Saturday.

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Monsoon rains still affecting Luzon after TS Falcon’s exit

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Falcon (international name Danas) has exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) yet monsoon rains will still affect most parts of Luzon.

As of 4:00 am on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and the rest of Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley.

Likewise, the southwest monsoon or habagat will continue to affect the regions of Ilocos, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.

The rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers brought about by localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, the new low pressure area (LPA) that PAGASA has been monitoring remains outside PAR and has no direct effect yet to the country.

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