By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The whole country will experience a monsoon break with the temporary weakening of the northeast monsoon or amihan.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the ridge of high pressure area (HPA), an anti-cyclone weather system, will particularly affect Northern Luzon.
Aurora, Quezon, Palawan, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Visayas and Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA advised residents to be alert against possible flash floods during severe thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, the weak amihan will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Northeast monsoon season usually prevails from late October to early March, and reaches its peak during February.
Baguio City’s coldest day so far this amihan season was recorded last Jan. 30 at 9.0 degrees Celsius, while Metro Manila registered its coldest day last Jan. 17 at 19.0 degrees Celsius.
PAGASA said the occurrence of tropical cyclone this month remains very slim.
It expects a generally way below to below normal rainfall conditions over most parts of Luzon and Visayas, while rainfall condition will be near normal in most parts of Mindanao.