MANILA, Aug. 2 (PNA) — Expect cloudy skies with rains over most parts of the Visayas and Mindanao in the next three days due to the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said the ITCZ affecting the Visayas and Mindanao is the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia and is considered a breeding ground for low-pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones.
She added that the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have fair weather or partly cloudy to cloudy skies except for isolated thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Nonot said the weather agency continues to monitor a tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) which is expected to enter the country by Wednesday.
Nonot added that even if the storm with international name “Soudelor” enters the PAR, it will not directly affect the country but is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon.
The southwest monsoon, which is associated with the occurrence of intermittent to continuous rains, is the prevailing wind system during the rainy season.
She also said the once the tropical cyclone enters the PAR, it will be locally named “Hanna” — the ninth tropical cyclone to affect the country this year and first for the month of August. (PNA)