March 23, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday said the country will have generally fair weather apart from isolated rains within the next four to five days.
PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said the agency has not monitored any weather disturbance near the Philippine area of responsibility that may intensify into a tropical cyclone or affect the country until Easter Sunday.
Perez noted that until Good Friday, warm weather with possible short brief rains is expected over the whole archipelago.
But beginning on Black Saturday, he said the eastern portion of Northern Luzon will likely have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to a tail end of a cold front.
Perez said the cold front will replace the receding ridge of high-pressure area (HPA) that presently extends over Northern Luzon.
The cold front serves as the front boundary of two air masses— hot and cold – that produces clouds and rains, while the HPA, which is the opposite of a low pressure area (LPA), is a weather system consisting of warm air circulating over the Pacific Ocean.
Perez said the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will continue to experience sunny to at times cloudy skies with possible isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms until Easter Sunday.
He said temperatures in many parts of the country could climb up between 35 and 39 degrees Celsius in the next five days.
Perez further noted that it is likely that there will be no more tropical cyclone to affect the country until the end of the month.
He said the absence of tropical cyclones this month is probably due to the effects of the prevailing El Niño phenomenon, which is associated with below-normal rainfall.