ITCZ brings rains over Palawan, Visayas, Mindanao


Expect light rains over some parts of Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) across these areas, the state weather forecaster said on Friday.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that Palawan, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Caraga and Davao regions will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Weather Forecaster Fernando Cada said that most parts of the country including Metro Manila will experience fair weather until the weekend with possible afternoon or evening rains because of localized thunderstorms.

Cada also said that the agency continues to monitor the new low pressure area (LPA) off Pacific Ocean that may enter the Philippine territory by weekend.

He said the LPA will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Sunday and it was spotted at 600 km east of Guam.

Cada said the LPA remains not a threat to the country since it has a “little chance” of intensifying into a tropical depression.

“Sa ngayon ipinapakita ng mga models na maliit pa ang chance nito na maging isang bagyo,” he noted.

He added that with its current direction, the weather disturbance is only expected to pass from the eastern side of Mindanao to east of Luzon “by the sea.”

However, in case it intensifies into a cyclone, Cada said it will benamed Odette.

Odettewould be the first cyclone to visit the country this month and the 15th for this year.

Pagasa expects three to four cyclones to affect the country this month.

Pagasa said that light to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to east 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. PNA


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