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Cloudy skies, rains from ITCZ

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), a breeding ground for tropical cyclones, continues to hover over the archipelago, bringing cloudy skies and rains in the country.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the ITCZ will bring cloudy skies and light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

As of yesterday, there is no tropical cyclone inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Based on the PAGASA’s historical record, three to four tropical cyclones affect the country in September. Some of the most destructive tropical cyclones to affect the country during the same period in the recent years are “Ondoy,” “Milenyo,” and “Pedring.” (Ellalyn B. de Vera)