Overcast skies in parts of Luzon; heat to persist in rest of PH — Pagasa | Inquirer News

Overcast skies in parts of Luzon; heat to persist in rest of PH — Pagasa

/ 07:47 AM May 17, 2023

MANILA, Philippines— Southwesterly wind flow will continue to bring cloudy skies to western Luzon while the rest of the country, especially Visayas and Mindanao, can expect hot weather with chances of isolated rain showers on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

“Pag-iral ng southwesterly windflow— o ito ‘yung hangin na nagmumula dito sa may bahagi ng timog kanluran— ang siyang magdadala po ng maulap na kalangitan, partikular na nga sa western section ng Luzon,” reported weather specialist Obet Badrina in Pagasa’s Friday morning forecast.


(The persisting southwesterly wind flow— or the wind coming from the southwest area— will bring cloudy skies, particularly over the western section of Luzon.)


“Sa nalalabing bahagi ng ating bansa, lalo na sa Visayas at Mindanao, mainit na panahon ang mararanasan, pero posible pa rin ho yung mga isolated rain showers and thunderstorms,” he continued.

(The remaining parts of the country, especially Visayas and Mindanao, will experience hot weather, but isolated rain showers and thunderstorms are still possible.)

Badrina added that a frontal system would affect the area of Batanes, bringing cloudy skies with rains over the province and the Babuyan Islands as well.

Zambales and Bataan can also expect cloudy skies due to the southwesterly wind flow, according to the specialist.

Badrina also reported that the southwesterly wind flow may eventually trigger a southwest monsoon or “habagat” and that Pagasa stations in western sections of Luzon are continually monitoring the weather system.

“Inaasahan nga ho natin [sa] third week of May hanggang second week of June normally po nagsisimula ang panahon ng tag-ulan. Pero sa ngayon ho, hindi pa po tayo nagsisimula sa pag-ulan. Patuloy pa rin na nagmomonitor ng mga estasyon natin sa western section ng Luzon para malaman natin kung magiging tuloy tuloy na itong mga tag-ulan na ito,” he said.


(We expect that from the third week of May until the second week of June, the rainy season typically starts. But for now, we have not seen the beginning of the rainy season. Our stations in the western section of Luzon are continually monitoring so that we can find out if these rains will continue on.)

Pagasa predicted that the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, can anticipate isolated rain, thunder, and lightning. Badrina advised that these isolated occurrences of thunder and lightning will become more consistent and normal, especially during the rainy season.

Meanwhile, heat is expected to persist in the Visayas, with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms from the afternoon until the evening.

Similarly, Mindanao can expect isolated rain, thunder, and lightning on Wednesday, as per Badrina’s report.

No gale warnings were raised over any of the country’s seaboards. Pagasa continues to advise caution to those setting sails, however, as thunderstorms in the country’s waters may cause waves to intensify.

The forecast temperature range in key cities/areas on Wednesday will be:


  • Metro Manila: 27 to 33 degrees Celsius
  • Baguio City: 17 to 24 degrees Celsius
  • Laoag City:  26 to 33 degrees Celsius
  • Tuguegarao: 25 to 36 degrees Celsius
  • Legazpi City: 26 to 33 degrees Celsius
  • Puerto Princesa City: 25 to 33 degrees Celsius
  • Tagaytay: 24 to 30 degrees Celsius
  • Kalayaan Islands: 26 to 34 degrees Celsius


  • Iloilo City: 27 to 33 degrees Celsius
  • Cebu: 27 to 32 degrees Celsius
  • Tacloban City: 26 to 33 degrees Celsius


  • Cagayan De Oro City: 26 to 33 degrees Celsius
  • Zamboanga City: 25 to 34 degrees Celsius
  • Davao City: 24 to 35 degrees Celsius


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