Fair weather, isolated rain showers to continue across PH Thursday

FAIR weather with isolated rain showers will still prevail across the archipelago on Thursday, the weather bureau said.

“Because the low-pressure area (LPA) is still far and is yet to affect the country, fair weather will continue to prevail,” Aldczar Aurelio of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The cloud cluster that developed into an LPA on Wednesday was last tracked at 1,080 km. east of southeastern Mindanao, outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Aurelio said it is likely to enter PAR on Thursday and head towards Eastern Visayas and the eastern section of Luzon.

“It could possibly develop into a tropical cyclone and will be named Aghon,” he said.

Meanwhile, 43 areas are forecast to experience danger-level heat indices.

PAGASA expects the heat index, or what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air, to peak at 47°C in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

A 46°C heat index is likely in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Aparri, Cagayan; and Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

Heat indices of 42°C to 45°C are forecast in these areas:

Science Garden, Quezon City
Laoag City, llocos Norte
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Aborlan, Palawan
Cuyo, Palawan
Virac (Synop), Catanduanes
Roxas City, Capiz
Iloilo City, Iloilo
Dumangas, Iloilo
Bacnotan, La Union
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
ISU Echague, Isabela
Iba, Zambales
Sangley Point, Cavite
Ambulong, Tanauan, Batangas
San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
La Granja, La Carlota, Negros Occidental
Maasin, Southern Leyte
MMSU, Batac, Ilocos Norte
Cubi Pt., Subic Bay, Olongapo City
Alabat, Quezon
Coron, Palawan
Masbate City, Masbate
Mambusao, Capiz
Siquijor, Siquijor
Catarman, Northern Samar
Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte
Sinait, llocos Sur
Calayan, Cagayan
NVSU Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Baler (Radar), Aurora
Casiguran, Aurora
Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Daet, Camarines Norte
Legazpi City, Albay
Catbalogan, Western Samar
Tacloban City, Leyte
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur

Under danger levels of 41°C to 51°C heat indices, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely.

Continued exposure could also cause heat stroke, PAGASA said. (PNA)