Very hot weather with a chance of rain to prevail Saturday, July 8 – Pagasa
MANILA, Philippines — Easterlies and the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) remain the dominant systems affecting weather in most parts of the country, the state weather bureau said Saturday.
They are expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to Mindanao as well as humid conditions with a chance of precipitation to other areas across the country this weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
“Patuloy pong nagpapaulan ang dalawang weather systems sa ating bansa. Una dyan ang ITCZ sa malaking bahagi ng Mindanao lalo na sa eastern section. Samantala, patuloy ang mainit na panahon for the rest of the country dahil sa easterlies lalo na sa [mga] kababayan [natin] over southern Luzon and Visayas, pero may epekto rin po ang easterlies na mga pag-ulan,” said weather specialist Benison Estareja.
(The two weather systems continue to cause rain in our country. First is the ITCZ in a large part of Mindanao, especially in the eastern section. Meanwhile, the warm weather continues for the rest of the country because of the easterlies, especially to [our] compatriots over southern Luzon and Visayas, but the easterlies also have an effect of rain.)
Specifically, Pagasa said the ITCZ affects eastern Samar, southern Leyte, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga, and Davao Region. Residents in these areas were warned against possible flash floods and landslides due to scattered and at times heavy rainfall.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country, on the other hand, may expect sweltering conditions, according to the Pagasa. But Estareja also said isolated rain showers may still occur due to easterlies and localized thunderstorms.
Pagasa further said that a low pressure area (LPA) may develop within the ITCZ this weekend. The LPA was last spotted south of the country.
Estareja likewise noted that a monsoon break is still in place, hence, the southwest monsoon, locally termed “habagat,” is still not directly affecting any part of the archipelago.
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