Cloudiness, rain likely till Sunday afternoon

MANILA-- Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Western Visayas Region and Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro and Palawan provinces, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 24-hour forecast released Saturday.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and rest of the country, PAGASA also said.

Southwest monsoon or 'habagat' is affecting western sections of Luzon and the Visayas, noted PAGASA.

"Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and the Visayas and from the south to southwest over Mindanao," PAGASA continued.

Coastal waters nationwide will be slight to moderate, PAGASA also said.

PAGASA located a low-pressure area at 835 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

The agency also located the typhoon with international name 'Noru' outside Philippine Area of Responsibility at 1,315 km northeast of extreme Northern Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 180 kph.

'Noru' will likely move slowly in a north-northwest direction, PAGASA added.

Source: Philippine News Agency