In the latest weather forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) this morning, July 4, it has been revealed that parts of Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with isolated rain showers, including Palawan. This weather condition is attributed to the combined effects of easterlies and the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
According to PAGASA Weather Specialist Grace Castañeda, the interaction between the easterlies and the ITCZ will result in overcast conditions and sporadic rainfall across various areas in Visayas and Mindanao. Residents and travelers in these regions are advised to be prepared for possible rain showers throughout the day.
“Patuloy pa ring umiiral ang Easterlies dito sa silangang bahagi ng Visayas. [Samantalang] ITCZ naman ang umiiral dito sa bahagi ng Mindanao. Ngayong araw, ang ilang bahagi ng Visayas at Mindanao ay makakaranas pa rin ng maulap na kalangitan at kalat-kalat na pag-ulan, pagkidlat at pagkulog,” Castañeda said.
The easterlies, characterized by warm and moist air coming from the Pacific Ocean, will combine with the ITCZ, a belt of low-pressure systems near the equator, to create unstable atmospheric conditions. As a result, cloud formation and precipitation are expected in localized areas.
While the overall weather pattern in Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy, it’s important to note that the rain showers will be isolated, meaning not all areas will experience rainfall at the same time. PAGASA advises the public to stay updated with the latest weather bulletins and heed any advisories or warnings issued by local authorities.