‘Rainy’ New Year expected in Cebu, says Pagasa

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CEBUANOS should expect a rainy New Year celebration on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

This after officials of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that a “shear line” or tail end of a frontal system might cause scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Cebu from Wednesday, Dec. 29, until Jan. 3.

Alfredo Quiblat Jr., Pagasa Visayas bureau chief, told SunStar Cebu the current weather system will bring an estimated amount of rainfall of at least 70 millimeters.

The shear line is the convergence of cold wind from the northeast monsoon or locally known as “Amihan” and warm wind coming from the easterlies.

Quiblat added there is a possibility that a gale warning could be raised in Cebu on Friday, Dec. 31, as the shear line could bring wave heights of up to 4.1 meters.

Quiblat previously mentioned that the “La Niña” phenomenon will last until April 2022 so the public should anticipate more rainfall.

In its weather advisory issued at 2 p.m. on Dec. 29, Pag-asa raised an Orange Rainfall Warning for the Provinces of Southern Leyte, Leyte, and Cebu where flooding is possible in low-lying areas.

Quiblat added that due to the recent typhoon, soil quality could be saturated and more prone to landslides because of the continuous rainfall.

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