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Weekend update- February 27/28, 2016

NWPAC outlook, 27/28 FEB

NWPAC outlook, 27/28 FEB

Temperatures are holding steady across most of the north region, as warmer air starts to make its way into the area. The central is also heating up a bit as the change of seasons starts to affect eastern Asia. The south remains hot as the tropical air mass heats up in the intense sunshine, and the tropics are still mostly quiet, but showing signs of building moisture.

NORTH

Warmer temperatures are in store for much of the north region over the weekend as we find ourselves in a bit of a lull. A weak, reinforcing storm system is moving through northern japan this weekend, bringing a few clouds to the area, while behind the cold front, it’s only slightly cooler and much drier. In the southern sections of the region, temperatures are warming up considerably, with spring-like weather in place. Cooler air will quietly fill into the region on Sunday, with another rebound ahead next week. Skies across most of the region will be partly cloudy, with northeastern China, Korea, and eastern Russia holding on to some cloudiness as a weak storm system passes through.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Ulaanbaatar -7 (19) -3 (27) Partly Cloudy/Fair
Vladivostok -3 (27) -3 (27) Ptly Cloudy/Cloudy
Beijing 8 (46) 8 (46) Fair/Fair
Seoul 8 (46) 8 (46) Fair/Cloudy
Tokyo 12 (54)              13 (55) Fair/Fair
Xi’an 22 (72) 15 (59) Fair/Partly Cloudy
Shanghai 19 (66)              22 (72) Fair/Fair

 

CENTRAL

Signs of the seasonal shift are starting to show up across the central region, as clouds and rainfall dominate the weather scene for many locations. It’s much too early to declare the start of the east-Asian rainy season, but for many locations, especially Taiwan, the rain has been incessant over the winter months. Taiwan will finally get a break from the rain late this weekend as clouds and showers are pulled away by a storm system that is exiting to the northeast. A few showers will pop up in southwestern China, as new moisture and a cooler air mass start to slide to the east. The remainder of the central region will see a fair, and relatively warm, weekend ahead of another shot of slightly cooler air next week.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Kunming 13 (55) 14 (57) Showers/Showers
Hong Kong 19 (66) 21 (70) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Taipei 16 (61) 21 (70) Rain/Ptly. Cloudy
Iwo To 14 (57) 15 (59) Partly Cloudy/Fair
Hanoi 23 (73) 24 (75) Fair/Partly Cloudy

 

SOUTH

Very warm air continues to dominate the south region, as the days get just a bit longer and the intense sunshine heats up the atmosphere. A weak pulse of energy has managed to make its way into portions of Southeast Asia, bringing some relief from the torrid conditions of the past couple of weeks. An area of moisture is being dragged into the Philippines by the seasonal northeast monsoon this weekend, which will help increase clouds and rain chances over the archipelago through Monday. Singapore will also see a good chance for thunderstorms over the weekend, as the remainder of the region stays dry and mostly sunny.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Siem Reap 32 (90) 34 (93) Fair/Fair
Ho Chi Minh 35 (95) 35 (95) Fair/Partly Cloudy
Manila 31 (88) 30 (86) Showers/Cloudy
Davao City 32 (90) 32 (90) Showers/Showers
Brunei 31 (88) 31 (88) Partly Cloudy/Fair
Singapore 33 (91) 31 (88) Sct T-storms/T-storms

 

TROPICS

Moisture is plentiful in the tropics below 10 degrees north latitude, but the air dries out considerably to the north as continental air masses continue to infiltrate the region. One surge of moisture is moving into the Philippines this weekend, which will enhance rain chances over the nation through Monday. Another ripple of weak energy is located far to the east, in eastern Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. The potential for development is negligible; however, clouds and rainfall, with a few embedded thunderstorms, will affect locations in the area. The Marianas will see clouds and showers as a result of continental energy passing through, but the remainder of the region should see a rather nice weekend with plenty of warm sunshine.

City Sat. High C (F) Sun. High C (F) Conditions (Sat/Sun)
Guam 26 (79) 26 (79) Showers&Wind/Showers
Yap 32 (90) 31 (88) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Palau 31 (88) 31 (88) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Chuuk 29 (84) 29 (84) Pt. Cloudy/Pt. Cloudy
Pohnpei 30 (86) 30 (86) T-stms/Sctd. T-stms
Majuro 29 (84) 28 (82) Cloudy&Wind/Pt. Cldy&Wind
Wake 28 (82) 27 (81) Fair/Partly Cloudy

Have a wonderful weekend!

Courtesy: CIMSS, Tropical Tidbits, Weather.com, Intellicast, MeteoEarth

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