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Rains may dampen Chinese New Year’s Eve celebration

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

FOR those who are planning to go out for family dinners or watch dragon dances for tonight’s Chinese New Year’s Eve celebration. don’t forget your umbrellas.

State weather forecasting agency Pagasa said the Shearline, Northeast Monsoon and the trough of the Low Pressure Area will bring rains to most parts of the country today, January 21.

Quezon, Bicol on red flood alert

But Chinese revelers in Quezon and all provinces of the Bicol region need to be extra careful today.

Pagasa have placed Bicol and Quezon in “extreme” general flood warning today following days of experiencing torrential rains brought by the Shearline and the Northeast Monsoon.

The Shearline is expected to dump moderate to at times heavy rains in the Bicol Region today.

Shearline is the streak of rain clouds that forms from the convergence of cool winds from the north and hot winds from the south.

Quezon, meanwhile, is being battered with moderate to at times heavy rains too, by the Northeast Monsoon.

Pagasa hyrdologists monitored that the water levels in rivers of those areas have reached critical levels. A red flag warning is up, or the threat of flooding is “extreme” near the rivers or low-lying areas:

ProvinceRivers and tributaries
QuezonUpper Umiray, Lower Bolbok (Lawaya), Malaking-Ilog, Iyam, Macalelon,
Catanauan, Silongin Lagda, Pagsanjan, Yabahaan, Bigol, Guinhalinan,
Vinas, Calauag, Pandanan, Sta. Lucia, Lugan Malaybalay, Maapon,
Bucal (Lalangan), Lakayat, Tignoan, Agos, Anibawan (Polilio Island)
and Upper Kilbay – Catabangan
AlbayGuinale and Upper Donsol
Camarines SurLower Kilbay Catabangan, Ragay, Tinalmud, Tambang and Lagonoy
SorsogonLower Donsol, Ogod, Putiao, Cadacan, Banuang-Daan, Fabrica (Tugbugan) and Matnog
CatanduanesCabuyan, Bato and Pajo.
Camarines NorteLabo and Daet Basud

Northeast Monsoon

Aside from Quezon, the prevailing Northeast Monsoon continues to dump moderate to at times heavy rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and Romblon.

Dragon dances may not be as affected in Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, and the rest of Central Luzon and CALABARZON. The weather will be generally favorable to New Year’s Eve celebration. Only light rains are expected.

Low Pressure Area

Pagasa has recently spotted another Low Pressure Area which is located outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

The trough of the LPA, however, is bringing rain clouds to Visayas and Mindanao.

Pagasa said there may be scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Caraga and Davao Region. The amount of rainfall may also be heavy at times, so watch out for possible flash floods or landslides.

Localized thunderstorms

The rest of the country will have isolated rainshowers or thunderstoms, too. That is brought by the localized thunderstorms.

Temperature check

Baguio was particularly colder yesterday at 14°C around 6:50 am compared to the last two weeks.

The coldest temperature so far in Baguio was on January 8, at 12.6°C. That day, too, La Trinidad, Benguet had 11.7°C.

Other areas with cool temperature records yesterday:

Baguio City, Benguet14.0°C06:50 AM
Basco, Batanes18.3°C02:00 AM
Malaybalay, Bukidnon19.5°C06:00 AM
Tanay, Rizal20.2°C07:00 AM
Tayabas, Quezon20.2°C05:00 AM
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte20.5°C07:00 AM
Abucay, Bataan21.0°C06:30 AM
Casiguran, Aurora21.0°C08:00 AM
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan21.2°C06:30 AM
Romblon, Romblon21.9°C05:10 AM

On the other hand, there are still areas which experienced sweltering 30°C mercury spikes yesterday.

The highest temperature recorded were in Zamboanga City, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Catbalogan City in Samar and Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, Davao City and Dagupan City. These areas experienced 33°C levels of hotness around past noon.

Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur33.7°C02:00 PM
San Jose, Occidental Mindoro33.3°C
Catbalogan City, Samar33.2°C02:00 PM
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte33.1°C03:00 PM
Davao City, Davao del Sur33.0°C03:00 PM
Dagupan City, Pangasinan33.0°C
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte32.2°C
Masbate City, Masbate32.1°C
General Santos City, South Cotabato32.1°C02:00 PM
Sinait, Ilocos Sur32.0°C05:00 PM

Weather at a glance

Bicol RegionCloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstormsShear LinePossible flooding or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains
Caraga and Davao RegionCloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstormsTrough of LPAPossible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains
Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and RomblonCloudy skies with rainsNortheast MonsoonPossible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains
Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, and the rest of Central Luzon and CALABARZONPartly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with light rainsNortheast MonsoonNo significant impact
The rest of the countryPartly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstormsLocalized ThunderstormsPossible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms


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