The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) continues to monitor the low-pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao which is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said on Sunday the LPA is still far from the country and has 50-50 chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone.
He added, however, that in case it intensifies into a tropical depression, it will be locally named “Amang” — the first tropical cyclone to affect the country this year.
Once the LPA enters the PAR, it will bring rains over the eastern part of the Visayas and Mindanao, Pura said.
Asked if the coming Pope Francis’ visit to Eastern Visayas will experience rains, Pura said the region will definitely have rains due to the LPA.
Pope Francis is set to visit the Philippines from Jan. 15 to 19, 2015, to meet earthquake and typhoon survivors in the Visayas.
Meanwhile, Pura said the northeast monsoon continues to be the dominant weather system affecting Luzon.
For Sunday weather forecast, PAGASA said Cagayan Valley, the Cordilleras, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated light rains.
The Visayas and Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
The state weather bureau issued a gale warning due to strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon which would affect the seaboards of Luzon and the 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 warned.
The northeast monsoon or seasonal winds from the northeast is the cold air from China that starts blowing into the country every mid-October. It usually peaks from early January to mid-February. PNA