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ITCZ to bring rains over parts of PHL –PAGASA

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Rain showers and thunderstorms are still expected to fall over the parts of the country despite no weather disturbance seen outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the weather bureau said on Monday.

Weather forecaster Boy Soriaga said the intertropical tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will bring scattered rain showers.

The ITCZ is the result of the converging of trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres and it brings widespread cloudiness, thunderstorms, precipitation and moderate to strong surface winds.

Soriaga said Metro Manila will be experience good weather as the forecast temperature range will be between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius. Isolated rain showers are expected in the afternoon or evening.

So far, no weather disturbance has been monitored near the Philippine territory, he said.

In its advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the Mindoro Provinces, Palawan and Western Visayas which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

“Residents living in low lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be on alert for possible occurrence of flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the Southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from Southwest to Southeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

Meanwhile, Gene Nievares, PAGASA hydrologist, said that because of weather improvement, all dams are in normal water level, including La Mesa Dam which last week is in red alert status.

Nievares said as of 6 a.m. Monday, La Mesa dam's water level reached 79.47 meters, still far from its spilling level of 80.15 meters.

Nievares said the agency downgraded the alert status of La Mesa since the water level reaches 79.50 meters below.

La Mesa dam does not have a gate unlike bigger dams. Excess water in La Mesa merely spills into its floodway and flows to the Tullahan River.

by: PNA




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