Fair weather, isolated rain showers to prevail over most of PH Friday

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

May 31, 2024, 8:15 am

MANILA – Most parts of the country will experience fair weather with isolated rain showers, the weather bureau said Friday.

The frontal system affecting extreme Northern Luzon, however, will cause scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

Moderate to heavy rains in those areas could result in flash floods and landslides, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

"The rest of the country will experience fair weather with isolated rain showers," Aldczar Aurelio of PAGASA said.

The whole country will also experience light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas.

Aurelio said PAGASA is monitoring a tropical cyclone last spotted 955 km. west of Northern Luzon, outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

"The tropical cyclone is moving west-northwest at 10 kph and is heading towards China," he said.

Meanwhile, more than 40 areas are forecast to experience danger-level heat indices, peaking at 47°C in Aparri, Cagayan.

Heat index or what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air, could reach 46°C in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Dagupan City, Pangasinan; and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

PAGASA forecast heat indices of 42°C to 45°C in MMSU, Batac, Ilocos Norte; Baler, Aurora; Casiguran, Aurora; Alabat, Quezon; Catarman, Samar; Sinait, Ilocos Sur; Bacnotan, La Union; ISU Echague, Isabela; Infanta, Quezon; Virac Catanduanes; Catbalogan, Samar; Tacloban City, Leyte; Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; Sangley Point, Cavite; Ambulong, Tanauan Batangas; Masbate City, Masbate; CBSUA-Pili, Camarines Sur; Mambusao, Capiz; Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Maasin, Southern Leyte; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur; Calayan, Cagayan; NVSU-Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; Iba Zambales; CLSU Muñoz, Nueva Ecija; Calapan, Oriental Mindoro; NAIA; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Daet, Camarines Norte; Legazpi City, Albay; Juban Sorsogon; Roxas City, Capiz; Iloilo City, Iloilo; Dumangas, Iloilo; Mactan International Airport, Cebu; Siquijor, Siquijor; VSU-Baybay, Leyte; and Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte.

Under danger levels of 41°C to 51°C heat indices, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely.

Continued exposure to the sun could also cause heat stroke.

PAGASA earlier said several areas in the country are likely to continue experiencing high heat indices despite the onset of the rainy season. (PNA)