LPA off Palawan continues to bring rains

MANILA, (PNA) — Most parts of the country including Metro Manila will experience light rains due to the low pressure area (LPA) that is embedded in the inter-tropical convergence zone(ITCZ) off Palawan that is moving closer to Luzon.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Forecaster Alvin Pura said as of 4 a.m, the LPA was spotted at 180 km north of Puerto Princesa City (11.5°N,118.5°E) and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday afternoon or Tuesday headed towards west Philippines towards Vietnam.

“Inaasahan natin ang LPA lalabas ng bansa mamayang hapon o bukas patungong west Philippine sea at maaring maging bagyo ito dahil nasa dagat pero nasa labas na ito ng bansa,” Pura explained.

Citing the agency’s numerical models, Pura said the weather disturbance has a small chance of intensifying into a cyclone.

But in case it becomes a tropical depression, he said it will be named “Odette” – the first cyclone to visit the country this month and the 15th for this year.

He added that Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains.

Except east and northern Luzon, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with passing light to heavy rains because of the effects of the LPA.

East and Northern Luzon will have fair weather but will experience passing light rains.

In its advisory, PAGASA said Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

It added that Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also said that moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to occasionally rough.

Light to moderate winds coming from the east will prevail over Northern Luzon and from the southwest over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas, it said.