Cloud cluster in Mindanao expected to develop into LPA

MANILA, (PNA) — A cloud cluster monitored outside the country is expected to develop into a low pressure area in the next 24 hours, the state weather forecaster said Thursday.

Weather Forecaster Buddy Javier said the cloud cluster was spotted east of Mindanao and once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility it might develop into a low pressure area.

Javier also said that in the next 24 hours most parts of the country except Mindanao will experience cloudy and rainy weather due to an active Intertropical Convergence Zone.

ITCZ is the breeding ground for low pressure areas or potential cyclones.

With the presence of the ITCZ, Javier said they expect an LPA formation in the coming days.

PAGASA expects three to four cyclones to visit the country this month.

These cyclones will be named Odette, Paolo, Quedan,and Ramil.

He added that cyclones during this month are usually strong due to enhanced effects of southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat.”

Javier also said in a three day weather outlook or until weekend most parts of the country including Metro Manila will be fair weather and partly cloudy with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGASA said ITCZ affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas.

PAGASA added Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Metro Manila, Bicol Region and Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

It added that the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the East to Southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the South to Southeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.