PAGASA cautions vs flash floods, landslides in Mindanao on New Year's Day

Areas in Visayas and Mindanao that were hit by recent cyclones may have to take precautions against possible flash floods and landslides on New Year's Day, state weather forecasters said Friday.

PAGASA, in its special weather outlook for the long New Year's weekend, said the tail-end of the cold front will likely migrate southward from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1.

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"Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao will have occasional rain due to the southward migration of the tail-end of cold front on Monday (Dec. 31) until Tuesday (Jan. 1), becoming frequent rains in Surigao, Dinagat and Leyte provinces which may trigger flash floods and landslides on Wednesday (Jan. 02)," it said.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy with passing light rain, it added.

PAGASA said the northeast monsoon, which may bring strong to gale force winds, and the tail-end of the cold front, are expected to prevail in the next five days.

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Meanwhile, PAGASA said Cagayan Valley region, including Aurora province and the Cordillera Administrative Region, will be affected by the northeast monsoon until Sunday.

Light rain will recur on Monday until Tuesday, New Year's Day, over those areas.

Fishing boats, sea vessels cautioned

PAGASA warned fishing boats and other sea vessels along the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon (western and northern) of possible big waves generated by the monsoon surge.

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It also advised fishermen over the seaboards of Eastern Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas to exercise extra caution due to moderate to strong winds with moderate to rough seas.

Saturday outlook

For the next 24 hours, PAGASA said the tail-end of a cold front is affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

"The regions of Ilocos and Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Bicol region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain," it said in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

It added Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with brief rain showers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough. — TJD, GMA News

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