MANILA, Philippines – State weather forecasters advised the public Tuesday to take precautions against possible tornados and cyclones that may come with occasional rains and thunderstorms.Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather bureau head Nathaniel Cruz said a low-pressure area east of Mindanao may usher in the monsoon rains.
“Ang mararamdaman natin posibleng napakalakas na pagkulog pagkidlat na may dalang malakas na ulan na biglaan lamang at possible ang pagkakaroon ng tornado. Hindi lahat na pagkulog o pagkidlat may dala o posibleng magdulot ng tornado subali’t dapat mag-ingat ang ating kababayan (The strong thunderstorms we experienced in past days may bring strong rains. There is a possibility of a tornado. While the chances of it are not that great, it is better if we all take precautions against it),” Cruz said in an interview on dzBB radio.
Cruz said it is also possible that the low-pressure area, which has become active, may usher in an early rainy season if it drags in the “habagat” (monsoon) winds.
If this happens, he said residents of Metro Manila and western portions of the country can expect rains to come early.
“Kung lumakas at posibleng maging bagyo ito hahatak ng hanging habagat na siya namang maghudyat ng pagsisimula ng tag-ulan sa atin. Pag nangyari ito hindi naman napakaaga pero yan ang simula ng tagulan lalo sa Metro Manila at kanularang bahagi ng ating bansa (If the
low-pressure area intensifies into a cyclone, it will bring in the monsoon winds that will signal the start of the rainy season. If this happens it won’t be a very early rainy season but nevertheless it will trigger rains in Metro Manila and western parts of the country),” Cruz said.
Meanwhile, Pagasa said that as of 2 a.m. Tuesday, the active low-pressure area (ALPA) was estimated 670 kilometers east of Northern Mindanao embedded along the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas and Mindanao.
Pagasa said Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
“Light to moderate winds blowing from the southeast and southwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest and northwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate except during thunderstorms,” Pagasa said in its 5 a.m. advisory.
Meanwhile, hot and humid weather condition will continue to persist over Luzon for the next three days.
“The public is advised to take precautionary measures against heat cramps, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses,” it said.