Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tropical Update

Issued (09 UTC) 5pm PhT 040713

A powerful mid-latitude spring storm moved across Japan today. This intense low pressure brought widespread heavy rains in the country causing flooding and disrupting travel and businesses. The associated cold-front with this storm has moved far to the south and is actually bringing some light rains across Northern Luzon. The cloudiness in the area has also kept the temperatures much cooler compared to the rest of the archipelago.

IR Image from NOAA

Laoag City and nearby areas have been stuck at around 28C to 30C for much of the day along with light rains. Temperatures here are much cooler compared to the mid and upper 30s being experienced in other parts of the country. In fact,parts of Luzon recorded 37C a few days ago becoming the hottest temperature so far this year.

This hot weather pattern will continue through the next few weeks so expect more temperature readings like this. There may be some isolated rains and thunderstorms from time to time especially during the afternoon and early evening hours. The ITCZ may also bring some light rains across Mindanao over the next few days.

As always, keep in mind that with the humid conditions in the country, the heat index (how hot it feels to the skin) will be higher than the indicated temperature (for example, a 35-degree temp reading may actually feel as hot as 38C to your skin!). Be hydrated and drink plenty of water, as much as possible avoid staying under the sun in the middle of the day, and wear light and comfortable clothing.

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