Cloudiness, rain likely till Sunday

Isolated thunderstorms and cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains, which may trigger flash floods and landslides, will be experienced over CARAGA, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN and Eastern Visayas regions, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical andAstronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 24-hour forecast released Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7).

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

"At 4 p.m. Saturday, the center of tropical depression 'Auring' was estimated based on available data at 185 km east of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur province with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph," said PAGASA.

'Auring' is expected to move west-northwest at seven kph, PAGASA noted.

PAGASA further said the northeast monsoon or 'amihan' is affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains are possible in Metro Manila and Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon regions, said PAGASA.

The rest of Luzon can experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, PAGASA noted.

According to PAGASA, moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas.

Winds blowing from the northeast to north will prevail over rest of the country, PAGASA said also.

"Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough," PAGASA said.

PAGASA expects strong to gale-force winds associated with 'Auring' to affect the Visayas' eastern seaboard covering Southern Leyte and Leyte.

Aside from cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms, PAGASA expects in such areas 52 kph to 63 kph winds that can fan there rough to very rough seas and waves up to 4.5 meters high.

"Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into sea while larger vessels are alerted against big waves," PAGASA said in its gale warning 1 released Saturday afternoon.

Government already raised tropical cyclone warning signal 1 over Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley all in Mindanao, expecting there 30 kph to 60 kph winds.

PAGASA said flash floods and landslides are possible in such areas.

"The public and disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned are advised to take appropriate action and watch for the next weather bulletin," PAGASA said in its 'Auring' severe weather bulletin 2 released Saturday.

'Auring' is expected to make landfall in the Surigao area between Sunday evening (Jan. 8) and early Monday morning (Jan. 9), PAGASA added.

Source: Philippines News Agency