PH to experience ‘summer solstice’ on June 21 — PAGASA
Marje Pelayo • June 19, 2019 • 3604
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country will experience its longest day of the year on June 21.
The phenomenon, known as ‘summer solstice’, is the time when “the sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon for all observers at latitude 23.5 degrees North, which is known as the Tropic of Cancer,” PAGASA said.
This means daytime on June 21 will last for 12 hours and 59 minutes as the sun will rise at 5:28 a.m. and will set at 6:27 p.m.
It also means that daytime will be longer than nighttime in the next three months.
‘Summer solstice’ signals the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is the opposite of ‘winter solstice’ or the time when the shortest day and longest night occur usually every 21st or 22nd of December each year.
MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Nimfa has no direct effect on the Philippines, according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.
As of 4:00 Friday (September 20), the weather system was located at 58km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75kph and gustiness of 90kph.
It is moving westward at a speed of 25kph.
TS Nimfa is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday morning (September 21), PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is currently affecting Central and Southern Luzon.
According to PAGASA’s forecast, monsoon rains will prevail over CALABARZON and the provinces of Mindoro, Marindique and Romblon.
Occasional rains will affect Metro Manila and Central Luzon while scattered rainshowers will prevail over the rest of Luzon.
Also, isolated rains will drench areas in Visayas and Mindanao throughout the day.
Meanwhile, PAGASA advised that sea travel is risky along the sea boards of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Zambales, Bataan and Queozon including Polilio Island due to high waves.
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.
At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.
According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.
Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.
The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.
Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.
Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.
Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.
As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.
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