Satellite image at 7 a.m., 7 Feb 2013. Satellite image at 7 a.m., 7 Feb 2013 Weather Central
The transition to the hot summer season may come as early as mid-February —or sometime next week, state weather forecasters said Thursday.
PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio also said that while the northeast monsoon may make its last hurrah this weekend, it will not bring very cold weather anymore.
“Sa kalagitnaan ng Pebrero, wala na halos ang amihan. Susunod niyan transition period, toward na sa mainit na panahon,” Aurelio said in an interview on dzBB radio.
Once the northeast monsoon is gone, he said a high-pressure area or warm winds from the east may cause warm weather, he said.
But for now, he said the northeast monsoon may now be affecting parts of Northern Luzon and almost the entire Luzon this weekend.
“Huwag asahan ang lamig tulad nung sa January. Ang temperatura bahagyang tataas, papunta tayo transition period (Just don’t expect the northeast monsoon to cause temperatures to fall like they did last January. After this, expect temperatures to go up as we head toward the transition period),” he said.
“Asahan natin ang amihan pero hindi ganito kalakasan (We can expect the northeast monsoon to come but it won’t be as strong as before),” he added.
Easterlies, isolated rain in next 24 hrs
Meanwhile, PAGASA’s 5 p.m. bulletin said easterlies, or warm winds from the east, are still affecting the eastern section of the country.
“The whole country will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms particularly over Bicol, Eastern Visayas and the regions of Caraga and Davao,” it said.
It added moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and from the east to northeast over the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and of Mindanao.
The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas. — TJD, GMA News