It will be a rainy Thursday due to ICTZ across Luzon, Visayas

MANILA, (PNA) — Most parts of the country will be cloudy with light to moderate rains in the next 24 hours due to an Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) across Luzon and Visayas, the state weather forecaster said on Wednesday afternoon.

Weather Forecaster Buddy Javier said that the ITCZ is the main weather system affecting the country as it continues to bring light rains and thunderstorm over the rest of the country including Metro Manila.

He added that flashfloods and landslides threaten the Bicol region due to cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, Javier said the low pressure area is still outside the country or in the boundary of PAR line.

He said that as of 4 p.m., the LPA was spotted at 1,150 km east of Luzon (15.0°N, 136.0°E) and is expected to dissipate as it is “re-organized”, which means it was not yet defined.

However, Javier said the agency continues to monitor the LPA as it moves northward and still has a high chance to become a tropical depression since “it is still in the Philippine sea, where it could pick up more moisture.”

He said it will be named “Odette” once it intensifies into a cyclone, the 15th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao and coming from the northeast to northwest over the rest of Luzon.

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