By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Warm weather has been felt in the country during the past days, but the weather bureau said it is not yet summer season.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Lorie dela Cruz said a break in northeast monsoon caused warm weather in some parts of the country.
Dela Cruz said the country can expect the resurgence of northeast monsoon or amihan over extreme Northern Luzon, which could bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains in Batanes and Babuyan group of islands over the weekend.
However, the effect of amihan will gradually weaken and will only prevail over Northern Luzon in the coming days, she added.
“There is now a minimal chance of having a cold weather in Metro Manila,” she said.
Based on PAGASA’s climatological record, the termination of amihan season is usually declared by end of March or early April. The end of the northeast monsoon season follows the prevalence of weather systems associated with the warm weather, particularly the ridge of high pressure area and easterly winds.
Meanwhile, the easterly winds or warm and humid air coming from the Pacific Ocean will prevail over the eastern section of the country this weekend.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience localized thunderstorms, which could trigger flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate with at times heavy rains over these areas.
A low pressure area (LPA) about 2,000 kilometers east of Mindanao or outside the country’s area of responsibility is also being monitored by PAGASA.
However, Dela Cruz said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone, neither will it directly affect any part of the country.