“Ramil”, the first Tropical Cyclone of the month has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was last located at 240 kilometers north of Pagasa Island, Palawan. Now referred to as Tropical Storm “Damrey”, it has maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 115 kph. Moving west at 20 kph, it will no longer have a direct effect on any part of the archipelago.
However, as an indirect effect, its trough or extended clouds will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Palawan. Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon or Hanging Amihan is expected to affect Northern Luzon, bringing a chance of light rains in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and the Ilocos region. Metro Manila and the remaining parts of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Because of the Amihan, gale warning is up in the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon including Batanes, Calayan, and Babuyan, as well as the northern coasts of Cagayan and Ilocos. The said areas will have rough to very rough sea conditions with wave height ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 meters. Sea travel remains risky for fishing boats and other small seacraft.
Meanwhile, a new cloud cluster was spotted in the eastern part of the PAR. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez says it may develop into a Low Pressure Area (LPA) within the next 24 to 48 hours. The public is advised to monitor updates from the weather bureau.
Now that the Amihan season is in progress, temperatures are starting to drop. Amihan, which is cold and dry air coming from Mainland China or Siberia, usually starts to affect the country during the “ber” months, where slightly cooler weather prevails. Here are the top 3 lowest temperatures recorded yesterday, All Souls’ Day.
Baguio – 16.2°C
Tanay, Rizal – 17°C
Malaybalay – 19.4°C