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Rainy Christmas Eve in several areas

by Leila Salaverria

WHERE will you spend your noche buena?

If your are in the Bicol region, Visayas, Palawan, and Dinagat Islands, chances are you will have a rainy Christmas Eve.

The state weather bureau said the shear line, or the convergence of the cold northeasterly and warm easterly winds that forms rain clouds, will bring cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms in these areas. 

It also issued an advisory saying that the shear line will bring heavy to intense rains with at times torrential rains over Eastern Samar, and moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over the rest of Eastern Visayas. 

“Flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in areas with significant antecedent rainfall,” it said. 

It called on the public and disaster risk reduction management offices to take measures to protect life and property. 

Weather forecaster Daniel James Villamil said significant rainfall, or moderate to heavy rains, have been recorded in Eastern Visayas in the past 24 hours.

The rains are may continue in the next two to three days, said Villamil. 

Northeast monsoon

On the other hand, the northeast monsoon will bring cloudy skies with rains in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and Quezon.

Flash floods or landslides are possible due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will just experience light rains.

The rest of Mindanao may have localized thunderstorms that could occur in the afternoon and evening. There is the possibility of flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Temperature check

It’s getting cold in Luzon, and you might want to bring a sweater.

The temperature in Baguio today will range from 13 to 22 degrees celsius, while in Tagaytay it will be from 19 to 27 degrees celsius. 

Metro Manila’s temperature today will range from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, in Laoag 21 to 28 degrees Celsius, and in Tuguegarao 19 to 26 degrees Celsius.

In Legazpi, the temperature will be from 23 to 28 degrees Celsius, and Puerto Princesa and Kalayaan Islands,  25 to 29 degrees Celsius. 

Visayas will have lower temperatures as well. In Cebu and Tacloban it will range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, and in Iloilo 25 to 28 degrees Celsius.

For Mindanao, the temperature in Davao will range from 25 to 33 degrees Celsius, in Cagayan de Oro 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, and Zamboanga 24 to 34 degrees Celsius. 

Gale warning 

A gale warning continues to be raised in several areas due to the northeast monsoon.

In the seaboards of Luzon, waves could reach as high as 5.5 meters, equivalent to a two-storey building, in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • Isabela
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Aurora
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Zambales 
  • Quezon including Polilio Islands
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Masbate including Burias Island
  • Albay 
  • Sorsogon
  • Romblon
  • Marinduque
  • Batangas 
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Palawan including Calamina, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands

The same gale warning is up in these areas in the seaboards of Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao:

  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar 
  • Leyte
  • Negros Provinces
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Aklan
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Dinagat
  • Siargao Islands

Fisherfolk and owners of small sea vessels are advised against heading out to sea.  

Visayas forecast 

Ang Sidlakang bahin sa Visayas makasinati ug madag-umon na kalangitan inubanan sa mga katag-katag ngadto na sa lukop na mga pag-ulan, pagpangilat ug pagpanugdog tungod sa Shearline. A nahibiling bahin sa Visayas ug sa Palawan apil na ang Kalayaan Islands makasinati ug madag-umon na kalangitan inubanan sa mga katag-katag na mga pag-ulan, pagpangilat ug pagpanugdog tungod sa Shearline.Ug ang Occidental Mindoro makasinati ug panagsang mapanganuron ngadto na sa madag-umon na kalangitan nga naay mga hinay nga pag-ulan tungod sa Amihan.

Kasarangan ngadto sa kusog na hangin nga gikan sa Amihanang-silangan ngadto na sa Amihanan ang mupasulabi sa Visayas, Palawan lakip na ang Kalayaan Islands, ug sa Occidental Mindoro diin ang kadagatan adunay kasarangan ngadto sa baluron ang kahimtang.

Mindanao forecast

Ang Dinagat Islands makasinati sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa katag-katag nga pag ulan, kilat ug panalugdog tungod sa Shear Line. Possible ang flash floods o landslides tungod sa kasarangan ngadto na sa usahay kusog nga pag-ulan. Ang ubang dapit sa Mindanao makasinati sa panalagsang pagdag um ngadto na sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa mga pag ulan, kilat ug panalugdog tungod sa ITCZ/Localized Thunderstorms. Kasarangan ngadto na sa kusog nga hangin nga maga gikan sa amihanang silangan ngadto na sa amihanang direksyon ug kasarangan ngadto na sa kusog ang pagbalud sa kadagatan, maoy magpasulabi sa silangang bahin sa Mindanao. Sa ubang dapit sa Mindanao, hinay ngadto na sa kasarangan nga hangin nga maga gikan sa amihanang ngadto na sa amihanang silangan direksyon ug hapsay ngadto na sa kasarangan ang pagbalud sa kadagatan.



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