New surge of the NORTHEAST MONSOON (AMIHAN) will bring partly to mostly cloudy skies, cooler conditions with passing isolated to occasional rain showers or thunderstorms across NORTHERN AND EASTERN LUZON including BATANES AND BABUYAN GROUP OF ISLANDS, CALABARZON, METRO MANILA, BICOL REGION, MIMAROPA including KALAYAAN ISLAND GROUP, VISAYAS, SULU ARCHIPELAGO, NORTHERN AND EASTERN MINDANAO. It will be more frequent along the Eastern Sections of the affected areas. Fresh breeze to near gale winds (35 to 55 km/hr) will blow from the northeast, making the seas moderate to very rough (2 to 5.5 meters) and dangerous to all types of sea vessels.
Meanwhile, TROPICAL DISTURBANCE (LPA) EX-01W has maintained its strength as it moves westward across the Western Micronesia, towards the South Philippine Sea. It is expected to enter the Southeastern border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) late tonight or early tomorrow, Saturday morning (Jan 19). As of 11:00 AM today, the LPA was located about 424 km East of Koror, Republic of Palau (Federated States of Micronesia) or 1,330 km East of Mati City, Davao Oriental (6.5°N Lat 138.2°E Lon), with maximum winds of 35 km/hr near the center. It was moving westward @ 22 km/hr. The potential of becoming a Tropical Cyclone within the next 24 hours remains MEDIUM (35-65% chance).
THE REST OF THE COUNTRY will be clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or possible thunderstorms in some areas.
**Residents are advised to be on alert for possible flashfloods, landslides or lightning strikes during the occurrence of Severe Thunderstorms.
Important note: In the infrared (IR) satellite image shown above: BLUE areas indicate Clear Skies with a Few Clouds; GREEN = Partly to Mostly Cloudy Skies; YELLOW = Mostly Cloudy to Hazy Skies with Possible Slight-to-Moderate Rainfall; and RED = Thunderstorms with Moderate to Heavy to sometimes Extreme Rainfall.
24-Hour Observed Rainfall Accumulation (8:00 AM Jan 17 to 8:00 AM Jan 18, 2019)
Created by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines