MANILA, May 23 — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said a mixture of sunny and rainy weather will continue to prevail across the country in the next three days.
Until Sunday, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said most parts of the country will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms or convections.
Cada said the Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) continue to be the dominant weather system extending over Northern Luzon.
He said the ridge of high pressure area (HPA) will bring high temperatures and good weather conditions to the country in the coming days as he advised people to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink plenty of water.
He explained that the convective activity brought about by intense heat triggers the formation of more cumulonimbus clouds or dark clouds associated with thunderstorms that brings rains.
Meanwhile, weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that some parts of Mindanao will likely experience more rains starting Saturday as they expect an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) to oscillate back near the region.
ITCZ, which is the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia, is considered a breeding ground for low-pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones.
The increased cloudiness and rains later in the day as well as the frequent presence of an ITCZ near Mindanao are minor indications of the coming rainy season.
Cada noted that the country is now in a transition period from the dry to rainy season.
He said they expect the onset of the wet season between the last week of May to mid-June.
Cada said the country is expected to be storm-free until weekend.
He said PAGASA is not seeing any weather disturbance near the Philippine territory that may intensify into a cyclone for the next two to three days.
The state weather bureau expects at least one storm to affect the country this month.
But fortunately, Cada said the country has remained storm-free since the start of the month.
Next month, he said the state weather bureau is expecting two to three storms to hit the country.
Every year, an average of 18 to 20 storms affect the Philippines, according to the PAGASA.
However, this year, the state weather bureau expects fewer storms due to the predicted El Niño phenomenon, which is characterized by below-average rainfall.
But if storms do come, Cada said some of it might be strong since the phenomenon has also been known to cause stronger tropical cyclones.
For her part, weather specialist Rusy Abastillas of PAGASAs Climate Monitoring and Prediction Center said the onset of the El Niño this year might be delayed because of the slower-than-expected warming of the Pacific Ocean waters.
Instead of the earlier prediction of June or July, Abastillas said they now predicted the El Niño to hit the country either June, July, or August and would be most strongly felt in the last quarter of the year. (PNA)