'Monsoon break' interrupts Christmas weather: PAGASA

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Posted at Nov 15 2017 07:35 AM | Updated as of Nov 15 2017 09:29 AM

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A break in the northeast monsoon or "amihan" this week has offset cold weather associated with Christmas, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

The cold and dry air from China will return on Saturday, ushering in chillier days, said PAGASA meteorologist Chris Perez. 

"Ngayon po, may tinatawag tayong monsoon break, pero we are expecting a surge of the northeast monsoon initially dito sa bandang dulong Hilagang Luzon this weekend," Perez told DZMM. 

(We are experiencing a so-called monsoon break, but we are expecting a surge of the northeast monsoon initially in extreme weather Luzon this weekend.)

The "amihan" season will reach its peak in Metro Manila around January, PAGASA earlier said. 

In the meantime, the northeast monsoon will bring light rains in the Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley regions on Wednesday, said Perez. 

A low pressure area meanwhile will dump occasionally heavy rains that may cause floods and landslides in the Davao and Soccsksargen regions, he said.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, he said.

PAGASA is monitoring another LPA or brewing storm outside the Philippine area of responsibility, he said. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates. 

DZMM, 15 November 2017