• ‘Dante’ maintains strength, new LPA spotted

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    STATE forecasters spotted a new low pressure area (LPA) off Palawan as tropical depression “Dante” maintained its strength as it moved north-northeastward.

    If “Dante” does not change its course, it could leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility Tuesday night, according to the weather bureau.

    As of Saturday, “Dante” was 740 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, with maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center. Today, it is expected to be 920 km east-northeast of Aparri, Cagayan, and 1,060 km northeast of Basco, Batanes by Monday morning.

    Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said it is boosting the southwest monsoon and could trigger the start of the rainy season.

    Although it is too far to directly affect any part of the country, “Dante” will enhance the southwest windflow that will bring rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

    The weather bureau is also monitoring a low-pressure area 100 km north of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

    It said the LPA could bring moderate to heavy rains over Palawan.

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