Today’s Philippine Weather Forecast: April 20, 2017 | Rainy up north, warm down south

A weather disturbance prevails in the western section of extreme Northern Luzon. At 4 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was last spotted at 135 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Lori dela Cruz said that this LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical depression.

However, it may still dump rains in the regions of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera. Residents are advised to prepare for cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) continues to extend across Luzon and Visayas.

Easterlies are dominant oin Mindanao, bringing warm and humid weather. Metro Manila and the rest of the archipelago will experience generally fair weather but isolated rain showers or thunderstorms are still possible in the latter part of the day.

No gale warning is hoisted today. Sea travellers can safely venture out into the sea as coastal waters throughout the entire country will be slight to moderate.

#InSaTaginit: Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect
Have you noticed that the weather in the city like Metro Manila is much warmer than in nearby provinces? This is due to the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect wherein the urban or metropolitan area is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas.

Dela Cruz said there are factors that affect higher temperatures in the city such as human activities, machines and structures. Smaller vegetation or little evaporation causes cities to become warmer than the surrounding countryside.

Brace yourselves for another warm day. Here are the highest expected heat indices this Thursday:

Tuguegarao City =38.9 C
Metro Manila = 38.4 C
SBMA, Olongapo = 38.1 C
Puerto Princesa City = 37.6 C
Metro Cebu = 37.5 C

Amor Larrosa

Amor Larrosa

Weather Reporter at Panahon TV

Amor is a Mass Communication graduate of the Far Eastern University. During her college years, she enjoyed performing onstage for FEU Theater Guild, her school's official theater organization. As a Panahon TV reporter, she wants to inspire others by sharing her knowledge about climate action and disaster preparedness. Recently, she has started producing her own segments, most of which tackled said issues. In 2015, Amor attended the World Meteorological Organization’s training for Broadcasting in Vietnam, wherein she learned about the most effective ways of delivering climate and weather information to the public. Apart from reporting on the television and radio, she also hosts parties, weddings, birthdays and sports-related events.