Cloudy skies, rains likely till Wednesday

MANILA-- Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Mindanao, the state weather bureau, PAGASA, said in its 24-hour forecast released Tuesday afternoon.

The tail-end of a cold front is affecting Mindanao's eastern section, it said.

The bureau also forecast cloudy skies with light rains over Luzon and Eastern Visayas, and moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Aurora and Quezon provinces.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail over the rest of the Visayas.

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

According to PAGASA, moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over the entire archipelago, with moderate to rough seas.

It also forecast strong to gale-force winds associated with a surge of 'amihan' in Northern Luzon's seaboards, Central and Southern Luzon's eastern seaboard, Southern Luzon's western seaboard, the Visayas' seaboards, as well as Mindanao's northern and eastern seaboards.

The seaboards cover Batanes province, Calayan and Babuyan islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, the Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, eastern and southern coasts of Albay, eastern coasts of Sorsogon and Quezon provinces, including Polillo Island, northern and southern coasts of Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island, western coast of Batangas, northern coast of Palawan, Northern and Eastern Samar, eastern coast of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Guimaras, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Bohol, eastern coast of Cebu, Siquijor, southern coast of Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands, Dinagat Island, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, northern coast of Zamboanga del Norte, Camiguin, eastern coast of Davao Oriental and southern coast of DavaoOccidental.

Expected 52 kph to 63 kph winds can fan in such seaboards, rough to very rough seas and waves up to 4.5 meters high, PAGASA said in its gale warning 20 released Tuesday afternoon.

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

Source: Philippines News Agency