By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Light rains will prevail over most parts of the country this weekend as two weather systems continue to affect Luzon and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said.
In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the trough of a low pressure area (LPA) located at 1,295 kilometers east of Davao City in Davao Del Sur, still outside the Philippine area of responsibility, is affecting Mindanao.
PAGASA weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz said Friday that the extension of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms on Central and Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and in Davao Region.
Residents in the said areas were warned on possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
While the trough of the LPA pour rains in Mindanao, Dela Cruz said that it is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone.
The other weather system, the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan,” will continue to affect Luzon and parts of Visayas, PAGASA said.
Provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light rains, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail in Metro Manila, as well as in the rest of Luzon and of Visayas due to amihan.
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers is expected over the rest of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.
The state weather bureau added that a gale warning was issued on the eastern seaboards of Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Eastern and Northern Samar, Surigao provinces, and of Davao Oriental.
PAGASA warned of moderate to rough seas on the said coastal areas with wave heights of up to 4.5 meters.
Fishermen and others with small vessels are warned not to venture on coastal waters of provinces where gale warning was raised.