The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said the low pressure area(LPA) over the Pacific Ocean continues to move towards the country.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said the LPA “remained to be on track” and will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) either Thursday or Friday.
“The LPA continues its slow path towards the country and it is expected to enter PAR by Thursday or Friday,” she noted.
Citing the agency’s numerical models, Saludes said the LPA is heading towards east of Visayas but has a small chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone.
However, she said it will bring rains over Eastern Visayas and Mindanao starting Friday and throughout the weekend.
She also said the LPA is expected to dissipate once it makes landfall.
She said the weather bureau still hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the LPA may become a tropical depression.
Once it becomes a cyclone inside the PAR, Saludes said it would be named “Basyang” – the second cyclone for the year.
For Wednesday’s forecast, Saludes said Luzon and Visayas will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to the cold northeast monsoon.
She added that Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms because of a wind convergence.
PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to north over Mindanao.
The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.
PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned. PNA