May 272013

Metro Manila and nearby provinces may expect more rain on Tuesday, even as state weather forecasters on Monday cited shifting winds as another sign the rainy season is drawing closer.

PAGASA forecaster Meno Mendoza said the country is beginning to feel winds from the south, with winds from the southeast coming soon.

“Sa ngayon nalalapit na tayo (sa tag-ulan) dahil pinapakita na rin ng nararamdamang hangin narito sa southeast to south ang nararamdaman. Malapit na ito maging totally southwest,” Mendoza said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said the shift of the winds to southwest will likely occur between now and the first week of June.

Mendoza noted the rainy season in the Philippines usually starts between the last week of May and the first week of June.

“Nagkaroon tayo ng cases na ganoon (late ang start) pero bihirang bihira,” he said.

Tuesday outlook

For Tuesday, PAGASA said the diffused tail-end of a cold front is affecting Northern and Central Luzon, while the inter-tropical convergence zone is affecting Southern Mindanao.

“Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms,” it said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

It added the rest of the country will have “partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the western section.”

PAGASA also said light to moderate winds from the southeast to south will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the east to northeast over Mindanao.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, it added. — TJD, GMA News

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