MANILA, May 29 — 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) continued to be the dominant weather system extending across 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 said residents of places directly hit by the heat of the sun, without trees and surrounded by concrete roads would feel much hotter.
However, Cada advised the public to bring umbrella because of possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized thunderstorms or convections.
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.
He said that parts of Mindanao will likely experience light to moderate rains due to 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 the onset of the wet season may come by mid-June.
Cada said the country is expected to be storm-free until weekend as PAGASA is not seeing any weather disturbance near the Philippine territory that may intensify into a cyclone for the next two to three days.
Next month, he said the state weather bureau is expecting two to three storms to hit the country.
Every year, an average of about 18 to 20 storms affect the Philippines, according to the PAGASA.
For Friday forecast, PAGASA said that Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
It added that light to moderate winds coming from the southeast to south will prevail over Luzon and coming from the south to southeast over the rest of the country.
The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. (PNA)