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Rain showers in parts of Visayas, Mindanao due to cold front’s tail end

/ 05:50 PM February 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several parts of Visayas and Mindanao may experience cloudy skies and rain showers from Monday night onwards due to the tail end of a frontal system, state meteorologists said.

Weather reports from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Monday afternoon showed cloud clusters brought by the frontal system or the point in the country’s eastern waters where the cold northeast monsoon meets the warm easterlies.

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Specifically, the tail end of a frontal system would affect Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga Region.  Pagasa also warned that Eastern Visayas areas might experience flash floods and landslides as the region got a significant amount of rains in the last 24 hours.

“Dito sa may bandang Eastern Visayas, pinapayuhan natin d’yan ‘yong mga kababayan natin na maging alerto sa mga posibleng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa sapagkat may mga lugar po dyan na during the last 24 hours ay ating na-obserbahan na nakaranas ng matitinding pag-ulan,” senior weather specialist Chris Perez said.

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(Here in the Eastern Visayas area, we are advising residents here to remain alert for possible flash floods and landslides because we have observed that some areas there have sustained heavy rainfall for the last 24 hours.)

“Pwedeng magpalambot ng kalupaan lalo na po sa mga areas na malapit sa paanan ng bundok,” he added.

(This can soften and saturate land, especially in areas near mountains and mountain slopes.)

Meanwhile, Luzon, especially its northern and eastern portions, would continue feeling the northeast monsoon or Amihan, which can cause light rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and the province of Aurora.

The low-pressure area (LPA) being monitored by Pagasa, on the other hand, is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility, last seen at 1,535 kilometers east of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.  The LPA has no direct effect on the country’s landmass, but Pagasa noted that it might bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao if it approaches land in the coming days.

But on Tuesday, Pagasa said that warmer weather might be felt in Luzon due to the northeast monsoon’s weakening.  Temperatures up north would increase slightly, like Tuguegarao’s 20 to 30 degrees Celsius, Laoag with 22 to 30 degrees, and Baguio City’s 14 to 25 degrees.

Metro Manila would remain slightly low at 23 to 29 degree Celsius, 20 to 28 degrees for Tagaytag, 24 to 30 degrees for Legazpi, and 24 to 31 degrees for Palawan.

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The rains over the Visayas would mean colder temperatures in Tacloban and Iloilo with 25 to 29 degrees, while Cebu would have something around 24 to 29 degrees.  In Mindanao, it would be warmer as Davao may register temperatures between 24 to 33 degrees, Zamboanga with 23 to 32 degrees, and Cagayan de Oro with 23 to 32 degrees.

No gale warnings have been raised in any part of the country’s seas as of now, but Pagasa reminded fisherfolk and boat transfer operators that waters around Luzon would have a moderate condition.

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