March 11, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday said people residing over the extreme Northern Luzon could expect cooler weather until Saturday with the return of cold northeast monsoon.
After almost a week of experiencing a “monsoon break,” PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said the northeast monsoon started to prevail again in extreme Northern Luzon yesterday.
“Bumalik ang northeast monsoon ngayon (Thursday) after almost a week na wala ito,” Mendoza said.
“Pero dahil medyo mahina na rin ito, inaasahan na hanggang extreme Northern Luzon na lang ang maapektuhan nito sa mga susunod na araw,” he added.
The northeast monsoon is a mass of cold air from China and Siberia that normally blows into the country from mid-October to early March.
It is usually associated with the Christmas season.
Mendoza said this might be the “last blow” of the northeast monsoon to the country.
He noted that after tomorrow, they were still not seeing when it would come back.
“Malaki ang posibilidad na ito na iyong huling pagpasok ng amihan sa ating bansa,” Mendoza said.
“Sa ngayon kasi hindi pa ipinapakita ng mga models kung kailan ulit ito babalik after ng inaasahang pagkawala nito sa Sabado,” he added.
Until tomorrow, Mendoza said the northeast monsoon will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains in extreme Northern Luzon.
He said the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains because of localized thunderstorms.
Mendoza reiterated that the termination of the northeast monsoon will likely take place third week of this month.
Once it observes that the northeast monsoon is completely gone, PAGASA will officially declare the start of dry or summer season.
Last year, PAGASA declared the termination of northeast monsoon on April 1.
PAGASA earlier said that this year’s summer would be hotter and drier because of the current El Nino event.
In Metro Manila alone, the state weather bureau said maximum temperatures might rise up to 36 degrees Celsius, while in Tuguegarao City, temperatures could go as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said maximum temperatures in Metro Manila from March 11 to March 14 were expected to range from 33 to 34 degrees Celsius with heat index between 35.4 to 35.8 degrees Celsius.
Same temperature readings were forecasted in Tuguegarao City in the next four days, with heat index expected between 35 to 35.7 degrees Celsius.
The heat index is what the state weather bureau defines as the temperature a person perceives or feels, affecting the body.