Severe Tropical Storm “Saola” (formerly known as “Quedan”) is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It was last located at 1,495 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. With maximum winds of 105 kph and gustiness of up to 130 kph, it is expected to move north-northeast at 25 kph.
As it continues to move farther away from the country, it is no longer expected to affect any part of the country. However, rains are more likely to prevail due to the presence of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). This weather system is the boundary of winds from Northern and Southern Hemispheres, where convective or rain-producing clouds are formed.
A rainy Sunday is expected in Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Palawan, Sarangani, South Cotabato and Davao Occidental. These areas will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the Northeasterly Wind Flow will bring isolated light rains in the regions of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley. Metro Manila and the remaining parts of the archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Apart from the light rains, the Northeasterly Wind Flow, considered a precursor to the Amihan season, will also affect coastal waters. Gale warning is up in the seaboard of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, where rough to very rough conditions are expected. Sea travel remains risky for fishing boats and other small seacraft as wave height may escalate to 4.5 meters.