The low pressure area in east of Visayas will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in most parts of the country including Metro Manila on Friday while northeast monsoon has set in particularly affecting Northern Luzon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m. the LPA was estimated at 250 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.5˚N, 127.0˚E).
Mendoza said the LPA is expected to dissipate within the next 24 hours and has slim chance to intensify into tropical cyclone but the agency continues to monitor it.
Once it develop into tropical depression inside the PAR it will be locally named “Paeng”, the 16th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and the third for this month.
Mendoza said due to LPA, Metro Manila, Bicol region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the provinces of Samar and Panay island will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
He added with the presence of northeast monsoon this will bring cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Western Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast with slight to moderate seas.
The weather bureau also issued a gale warning as strong to gale force wind due to northeast monsoon now affecting the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon.
“Fisherfolks and those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards,” PAGASA warned. PNA