By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers will prevail in Luzon and Visayas this weekend before the New Year due to the tail-end of a cold front and the “amihan” or northeast monsoon, the State weather bureau said yesterday.
A possible storm brewing outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility is still being monitored, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration added.
PAGASA weather specialist Samuel Duran said the tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas.
On the other hand, the northeast monsoon is affecting Northern and Central Luzon.
The rest of Visayas and Bicol will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms caused by the tail-end of a cold front.
PAGASA warned the public that flash floods or landslides are possible due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains in these areas.
The northeast monsoon will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and Quezon.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Ilocos, and the rest of Central Luzon and Region 4-A and also because of the northeast monsoon.
Region 4-B and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers because of localized thunderstorms that may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to isolated light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Light to moderate rains will prevail over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Burias Islands.
Duran added that they are still monitoring the cloud clusters observed east of Mindanao outside the PAR as it may become a low-pressure area.
Once the LPA develops into a tropical depression and enters the PAR, it will be named “Wilma.”
Wilma will be the 23rd tropical cyclone this year and the third this month.