DEVOTEES of the Black Nazarene joining the procession in Manila today need not worry of a major weather disturbance.
State weather forecasting agency Pagasa said Metro Manila will be generally fair, at comfortable 22°C to 29°C temperature.
Still, don’t forget to bring your umbrellas and jackets as there will still be occasional light rains and the Northeast Monsoon will bring cool breeze today.
As of 7am, around 180,000 devotees have flocked to Quirino Grandstand in Luneta and Quaipo Church in Manila today to join the annual tradition of long procession of Feast of Nazarene.
Rainy Traslacion in CDO
However, for Nazareno devotees in Cagayan de Oro and Tagum cities, brace yourselves for a rainy Traslacion today.
This is because the trough of the Low-Pressure Area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility continues to bring rains to Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol region and south of Palawan.
Trough of LPA near Mindanao
Obet Badrina, Pagasa weather specialist, said the LPA was last located 635 kilometers east southeast of General Santos City.
Moderate to heavy rains are expected over Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte.
Light to moderate rains, with at times heavy rains, will be experienced over Central Visayas, Davao region and the rest of Caraga.
Pagasa warned of possible flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains in hazardous areas.
“Posibleng pumasok sa Philippine Area of Responsibility, kaya patuloy pa rin nating binabantayan itong Low Pressure Area,” Badrina said.
The chance of LPA morphing into a typhoon today is still low, he added.
Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of MIMAROPA, Quezon, and Aurora, meanwhile, will have cloudy skies with rains due to the Northeast Monsoon or amihan.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will only have party cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains due to amihan.
Northeast Monsoon has been cooling the air in northern Luzon the past few weeks. Today, it is getting to be quite cooler.
In Baguio City, mercury dipped to 13°C around 4:50 am yesterday. Badrina said the City of Pines will also expect the same lowest temperature range today, to a maximum of 22°C.
Tuguegarao City and Aparri in Cagayan also registered 18.5°C and 19.5°C respectively. Badrina said the temperature forecast for Tuguegarao today is between 19°C to 28°C.
Tanay, Rizal registered 18.8°C while Basco, Batanes got a windy 19.1°C around 2 am yesterday.
The mountainous city of Malaybalay in Bukidnon also reached 19.1°C yesterday.
Tagaytay is also expected to be cool today at 19°C to 27°C temperature range.
Flooding in Isabela and Cagayan continues as middle and lower areas of the Cagayan River system have reached above the critical level.
The major river system in Agusan has also reached the alert level.
A red alert general flood advisory is still up in Eastern Visayas. The red alert means flooding is ongoing as the rivers and tributaries have overflowed. The flooding threat is considered “extreme.”
Telemetries of Pagasa have monitored flooding in Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar.
An orange alert general flood advisory was also raised in Caraga region. The orange alert means the water level system is reaching critical levels. The flooding threat is considered “severe.”
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del SUr and Agusan del Norte are at risk of being flooded due to persistent rains brought by the trough of the LPA.
“People living near the mountain slopes and in the low lying areas of the above mentioned river systems and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils concerned still advised to take appropriate actions,” Pagasa said in its general flood warning advisory.
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