Cold front to bring cloudy skies, more rain in last days of summer


MANILA—The tips of a cold front originating from China will bring cloudy skies and light rains to Northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the diffused tail-end of a cold front was affecting Northern Luzon.

In its weather outlook for Friday, the bureau said the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the western section, Pagasa said.

In spite of the rains becoming more frequent, Pagasa has yet to declare the onset of the rainy season, saying it may do so in the last week of May or early June.

Some conditions need to be met—such as five consecutive days of at least 25-millimeter average rainfall, with three successive days of one-millimeter rains — before Pagasa can officially declare the onset of the rainy season.

Pagasa said light to moderate winds blowing from the southeast to south will prevail over Luzon. Winds coming from the east to southeast will prevail over the rest of the country.

Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, it added.

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