The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Saturday the smaze that has reduced visibility at sea does not necessarily pose a serious risk to navigation.

The weather bureau however advised sailors and fishermen to take extra precaution at sea by ensuring they have adequate navigational and warning lights.

“Hindi naman risky ‘yon. Ang [sinasabi] lang natin ay extra precaution. Pinapaalala sa kanila na mababa yong visibility natin pero hindi naman risky yon,”  PAGASA chief Sonny Pajarilla said Saturday.

PAGASA earlier stated that the predicted absence of rain over the weekend and the weak intensity of wind will slow down the dissipation of particulates that cause the smaze.

“Yong visibility na maaabot, three to five (kilometers) okay pa ‘yon. Sa madaling-araw kumakapal din talaga ‘yan, sa gabi naman although malamig pero hindi ganon yong evaporation,” he said.

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