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Signal#4 raised over Cagayan and Northern Isabela

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018

Source: Meteorological Satellite Center of JMA https://www.data.jma.go.jp/mscweb/data/himawari/sat_img.php


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone signal number 4 over the areas of Cagayan and Northern Isabela.

This means residents in the said area may expect strong winds of up to 171 to 220kph in the next 12 hours.

As of 4:00 p.m. Friday (September 14) Typhoon Ompong is monitored at 340 east-northeast of Casiguran Aurora packed with maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gustiness of 255kph. It is moving northwest at 30kph.

Monsoon rains are now affecting southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Signal#3 is raised over the areas of:

  • Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mt. Province
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Northern Aurora
  • Isabela.

Residents in these areas may expect 121kph to170kph of winds in the next 18 hours.


Meanwhile, signal#2 is raised over the areas of

  • Batanes
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Aurora
  • N. Zambales

Residents in these areas may expect 61kph to 120kph of winds in the next 24 hours.

Signal#1 is still up over areas of:

  • S. Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Quezon including Polilio Islands.

Residents in these areas may expect winds of up to 30kph in the next 36 hours. – Marje Pelayo

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PAGASA warns public to brace for hotter temperatures in May

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas in the country are experiencing an abnormal rise in temperature in recent days.

State weather bureau, PAGASA said to expect much higher temperatures in the country in the coming days as El Niño phenomenon continues to persist.

“During El Niño mas mataas tayo sa normal. Siguro pwede pa tayong maka expect ng mas mataas (na temperature) until May, (Temperature is higher than normal with El Niño. We may expect much higher temperature until May,)” warned PAGASA-IAAS Assistant Weather Service Chief Thelma Cinco.

On Tuesday (April 9), PAGASA recorded 51.7˚C heat index in Dagupan City in Pangasinan.

The agency explained that heat index is the “human discomfort index that gives the “apparent” temperature or what human perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body.”

Heat index is higher as compared to the actual temperature in a specific area.

PAGASA issues the heat index to warn the public of the health dangers of high temperature such as hypertension.

“Iyong (nararamdaman mong) init ay mainit na mas mainit pa ang mararamdaman mo dahil ang pawis mo (ay) hindi nag-evaporate. Kapag umabot ka ng 37 degrees (Celsius) parang nilalagnat ka. Iyong ganun na temperature, (The level of temperature that you feel is higher [than normal] because you perspire but your sweat doesn’t evaporate. It’s similar to the temperature when you have fever which is 37˚C,)” Cinco explained.

PAGASA advises the public to seek shelter and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and keep hydrated to avoid heat stroke.

The highest ever recorded temperature in the country was 42.2˚C in Tuguegarao City on April 22, 1912.

Similar temperature recurred in the city on May 11, 1969. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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M. Manila temperatures to hit 38 degrees Celsius in April — PAGASA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines —  The state weather bureau PAGASA has advised Metro Manila residents to take precautionary measures against heat stress and heat stroke in the coming days.

PAGASA warned on Tuesday (April 2) that temperatures could hit 38 degrees Celsius this April.

The public is also advised to keep hydrated and optimize the use of water for personal and domestic consumption.

PAGASA added that the prevailing El Niño is expected to bring hotter air temperatures in the coming months.

The hottest temperature registered in Metro Manila was on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

The agency’s Climate Impact Monitoring and Prediction Section also warned that hotter weather will be experienced in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan this month ranging at 39.5 degrees Celsius, a point-4 increase than the normal maximum temperature in the city.

The country’s hottest temperature in the country was recorded in Tuguegarao City on May 11, 1969, at 42.2 degrees Celsius. – Marje Pelayo

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N. Luzon still to experience Northeast Monsoon despite official dry season – PAGASA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2019

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has announced the start of the dry season, citing the shift of wind direction from northeasterly to easterly due to the establishment of the High Pressure Area (HPA) over the Northwestern Pacific.

Pagasa confirmed that this signifies the termination of the northeast monsoon over most parts of the country and the start of the dry season.

However, the state weather bureau said in its announcement on its website, “the extreme Northern Luzon may still experience occasional Northeast Monsoon. With this development, the day-to-day weather across the country will gradually become warmer, though isolated thunderstorms are also likely to occur.”

It added that the coming months will experience prolonged dry spell and hotter air temperatures due to the on-going weak El Niño affecting large areas of the country.

Pagasa advises the public “to take precautionary measures to minimize heat stress and optimize the daily use of water for personal and domestic consumption.”

Meanwhile, the state weather center said it is not expecting any tropical cyclones in the Philippine area of responsibility in the next two to three days due to the dry weather, although the Northeast Monsoon is seen to bring light to moderate rains in Nothern Luzon. – Maris Federez

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