Cloudy skies, rain likely till Saturday

MANILA(PNA) -- Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains, which may trigger flash floods and landslides, are expected over the Caraga, Davao and Soccsksargen regions, the state weather bureau, PAGASA, said in its 24-hour forecast released Friday afternoon.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Eastern Visayas and the rest of Mindanao, which is affected by the trough of a low-pressure area (LPA), said PAGASA.

Meanwhile, the Cagayan Valley region, along with Aurora and Quezon provinces may experience cloudy skies with light rains, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail over Metro Manila and rest of the country.

The northeast monsoon or 'amihan' is affecting Luzon and the Visayas.

The bureau expects moderate to strong winds from the northeast, and moderate to rough seas to prevail over the entire archipelago.

Strong to gale-force winds associated with the surge of 'amihan' may affect Northern Luzon's northern and western seaboards covering Batanes province, Calayan and Babuyan islands, as well as the northern coasts of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte provinces.

Such winds can also affect the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA warned in its gale warning 26 released Friday afternoon.

Those seaboards cover the Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, eastern coasts of Albay, Sorsogon, Quezon including Polilio Island and the Leyte provinces, as well as Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Dinagat Island.

Expected 52 kph to 63 kph winds can fan in those areas rough to very rough seas and waves up to 4.5 meters high.

"Fishing boats and other small sea craft are advised not to venture out into sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," the bureau said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency