• LPA to bring heavy rains in Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol region in next 2 days


    The low pressure area in Mindanao will continue to induce heavy rains as it remains stationary in the next two days, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday.

    In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 4:00 a.m., the LPA was spotted at 60 km north of Butuan City.

    Escullar said the LPA will be stationary in position in the next two days as the northeast monsoon and high pressure area hinders its movement.

    “The Siberian high and north pacific high ang humaharang sa LPA kung kayat hindi makakilos at inaabisuhan natin ang ating kababayan na patuloy pa rin ito magbibigay ng pag-ulan sa Mindanao, Visayas at Bicol region dahil din sa wind convergence,” she explained.

    Escullar advised residents of Mindanao as well as in Eastern and Central Visayas and the Bicol region to take all the necessary precautionary measures as heavy rains projected in these areas may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

    She said that Mindanao and the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

    She added that due to wind convergence of the northeast monsoon and easterlies, the Calabarzon, Mimaropa and the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Escullar said the LPA entered the Philippine area of responsibility last Friday but they still do not expect the LPA to develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours.

    She said the weather disturbance has difficulty intensifying into a cyclone due to its interaction with the “cold” northeast monsoon.

    “Hindi favorable sa bagyo ang malamig na hangin. Ang kailangan ng isang bagyo para mag-intensify ay warm air. Pero may ipinapakita ang mga models namin na posibleng maging bagyo,” Escullar said in a interview.

    In case it becomes a tropical depression, it will be locally codenamed “Agaton” – the first cyclone to enter the country this year.

    On the other hand, Escullar said the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will be cloudy with isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest 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 surge of Northeast Monsoon is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas.

    “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 said. PNA


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