Cloudiness, rain likely till Sunday afternoon

By Catherine Teves

August 26, 2017, 5:56 pm

MANILA - Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) predicted Saturday that Metro Manila, Ilocos Region as well as Zambales and Bataan provinces may likely experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and possible occasionally heavy rains, gusty winds and lightning due to thunderstorms until Sunday afternoon.

In its 24-hour forecast released Saturday afternoon, PAGASA said partly cloudy to cloudy skies, except for isolated light to occasionally heavy rains, gusty winds and lightning, may  prevail over the rest of the country.

PAGASA located tropical storm 'Jolina' (international name 'Pakhar') at 270 km west-northwest of Sinait municipality in Northern Luzon's Ilocos Sur province as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

'Jolina' packed maximum sustained winds of 80 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 95 kph, noted PAGASA.

According to PAGASA, 'Jolina' may move northwest at 24 kph.

"Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon," PAGASA said.

Coastal waters would be moderate to rough, noted PAGASA.

"Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the south with slight to moderate seas," PAGASA added.

'Jolina'-enhanced strong to gale-force easterly winds already weakened, PAGASA also said in its Gale Warning 3 released Saturday.

Moderate to rough seas and waves up to 4.0 meters high due to expected 36 kph to 58 kph winds are possible in Northern Luzon's Batanes province, Calayan and Babuyan islands as well as northern coast of Cagayan province, PAGASA added.

"Fishing boats and other small seacraft are alerted against moderate to rough seas," PAGASA added. (PNA)