Sunny, long weekend ahead - PAGASA

Posted at 08/17/2012 8:35 PM | Updated as of 08/18/2012 12:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The country should expect sunny and fair weather for the 4-day long weekend, the state weather bureau said on Friday.

The southwest monsoon, which has brought heavy rains across the country the past week, has weakened. PAGASA said this translates to “generally good weather condition.”

However, PAGASA noted that isolated thunderstorms are still expected in the afternoon or evening.

In a press statement, Department of Science and Technology Sec. Mario Montejo said the sunny weather for the long weekend is “the best time to resume our usual weekend activities at home or elsewhere with our family and friends.”

“It is also the best time to do and hang the laundry, and wash off the mud and dirt that built up during the recent monsoon rain and typhoon Helen,” said Montejo.

PAGASA also said no tropical cyclone development is expected throughout its five-day outlook period (August 18-22).

August 20 (Monday) has been declared a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr while August 21 (Tuesday), Ninoy Aquino Day, is also a special holiday, which will allow a four-day weekend starting Saturday.

Shallow low pressure area

PAGASA is currently monitoring the formation of a shallow low pressure area (SLPA) east of Luzon.

The SLPA is expected to cause a southwesterly wind flow over the country, bringing light to moderate rains in northern and central Luzon and Mindanao from Sunday to Wednesday.

The weather system is still over water and could still intensify.

It will be called “Igme” once it develops into a tropical depression.