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Rain showers over Metro, provinces

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippines will be mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers until Monday as the country is still being affected by the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a weather forecaster said on Saturday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the axis of the ITCZ is currently extending across Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The ITCZ is the region where trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres meet and characterized by frequent and often severe thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms usually produce short-lived heavy rainfall, lightning, thunder, and gusty winds.

Mendoza said the ITCZ may bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers during thunderstorms.

Mendoza warned that rains may become heavy in the afternoon or evening in the event of severe thunderstorms, which could trigger flash floods or landslides in areas highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

This weather scenario may prevail until Monday.

The weather bureau on Saturday has not issued a gale warning across the country’s coasts thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail. Slight to moderate seas are expected over the entire archipelago.

By Tuesday, Mendoza said areas affected by the ITCZ may expect improvement in their weather conditions, but some parts of Central and Northern Luzon may have cloudy skies and scattered rain showers during this time.

He added that PAGASA does not expect a tropical cyclone near or within the Philippine area of responsibility in the next two to three days.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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