Pagasa: Amihan over north, central Luzon

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Monday, December 30, 2013

MANILA -- Filipinos all over the country will enjoy New Year's celebration even as two weather systems currently affect the country, state weather forecasters said on Monday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 a.m. bulletin that the tail-end of a cold front moved toward Visayas while the Northeast Monsoon (Hanging Amihan) continues to affect Northern and Central Luzon.

Still, Pagasa forecasters said, the country will be "bagyo-free" until the year ends.

"Visayas and Palawan will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms," Pagasa said.

It added that Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Cordillera regions will be cloudy skies with light rain while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rain.

Pagasa also said, "The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms."

"Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. In Mindanao, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas," it also said.

The state weather bureau also issued a gale warning over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.

"Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the Western seaboard of Northern Luzon and the seaboards of CentraL Luzon (Western coast of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora). The Western seaboard of Southern Luzon (Metro Manila, Cavite, Mindoro Occidental and the Western coast of Batangas and Palawan)," it said.

Pagasa added, "The Eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and of Visayas (Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes and the Eastern coast of Albay, Sorsogon, Quezon including Polillo Island and Samar)." (SFP/Sunnex)

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