Thunderstorms seen until 'National Day of Protest' - PAGASA


Posted at Sep 20 2017 07:30 AM

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Thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening will prevail in large swaths of the country until the "National Day of Protest" on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday. 

In its daily weather bulletin, PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate thunderstorms are expected in Visayas, Mindanao, Ilocos Region, Cordillera, Mimaropa, Batanes and Babuyan group of Island. 

PAGASA meteorologist Gener Quitlong told DZMM similar weather conditions will prevail until Thursday, which is set to be marked by protests commemorating the 45th anniversary of the declaration of the Marcos-era martial law. 

"Habagat pa rin po ang nakakaapekto kaya malaking bahagi pa rin po ay makulimlim. Imo-monitor lang natin ang thunderstorm," Quitlong explained. 

(The southwest monsoon is affecting a large portion of the country, which is set to be cloudy. We will be monitoring thunderstorms.)
Meanwhile, a low pressure area inside the Philippine area of responsibility has dissipated, Quitlong added.

But the weather system, he said, may strengthen into a tropical cyclone as it moves away from the country and heads for Taiwan. 

MalacaƱang has suspended government work, both local and national, and classes in all public schools, state colleges and universities for the National Day of Protest. 

DZMM, 20 September 2017