THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is monitoring the low pressure area (LPA) hovering off Visayas on Monday which has a high chance of becoming int a tropical cyclone.
Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said they expect light rains in most part of the country including Metro Manila due to the LPA embedded in the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
As of 4 a.m., the LPA was spotted at 360 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar embedded along the ITCZ across the provinces of Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.
Based on their models, Loiz said the LPA has high chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone within the next 24-36 hours.
In case the LPA turns into a tropical depression, Loiz noted it will be named Isang – the second cyclone to visit the country this month and the ninth for this year.
This month, Pagasa expects two to three cyclones to affect the country.
He added that due to extended clouds of the ITCZ, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
In its advisory, Pagasa said the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over the western section of Luzon and coming from the southeast to south over the rest of Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas.