A low pressure area (LPA) spotted in Aurora Province continues to bring rains in most parts of Luzon including Metro Manila on Friday until weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
However, weather forecaster Fernando Cada said the weather disturbance is not likely to intensify into a cyclone.
“Based on the latest numerical models, the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone, but it is expected to bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers in many parts of Luzon especially Northern and Central until weekend,” he noted.
Cada said that as of 4 a.m. Friday, the LPA, which was embedded along the monsoon trough affecting Luzon was estimated to be at 270 km East of Casiguran town, Aurora province.
Cada advised residents in Northern Luzon including Cagayan Valley and central parts of Luzon, to remain prepared because the LPA could bring moderate to heavy rains that could trigger flashfloods and landslides.
He said Southern Luzon including Metro Manila as well as the western side of Visayas is expected to have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains because of the monsoon trough.
He further noted that Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light to moderate rains.
Meanwhile, Cada also said that the other LPA off Pacific Ocean is already a tropical storm with international name “Man-Yi”
However, he noted that its “possibility” of entering the country is now becoming slim as it continues to move west northwest.
“Yung Tropical Storm Man-yi patuloy ang movement nito west northwest hindi papasok ng PAR pero kung bahagyang mag-westward papasok ito sa corner tip ng PAR it will only pass above extreme Northern Luzon,” Cada explained.
But even if the tropical storm does not enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), Cada said it may still enhance the southwest monsoon that could bring rains in many parts of the country this weekend.
In its advisory, Pagasa said that light to moderate winds blowing from the west to southwest 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. PNA