Pagasa monitoring LPA as northeast monsoon continues to bring in cold weather

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The northeast monsoon (amihan), continues to affect the country as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Admnistration (Pagasa) monitors a low pressure area (LPA) off the Pacific Ocean.

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Pagasa weather forecaster Fernando Cada said numerical models showed that the LPA will not likely intensify into a tropical depression due to the northeast monsoon.

In case the LPA intensifies into a tropical depression inside the Philippine territory, Cada said it will be locally named “Basyang.”

He said they expect the weather disturbance to enter the Philippine territory either Thursday or Friday.

He noted that the weather disturbance will likely enter the country via east of Visayas or Mindanao.

Cada said once the LPA enters the country it will bring rains over Eastern Visayas and Caraga region by Friday night.

Earlier, Pagasa projected the LPA to enter the country as early as Wednesday.

However, Cada said the weather disturbance remained almost stationary over the Pacific Ocean.

Cada also said that aside from possible occurrence of light rains due to the cold northeast monsoon, thewhole country will continue to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies until Wednesday.

Pagasa said there was small probability of isolated rains, although cloudy skies will cover the whole archipelago.

It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to north 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 northeast monsoon, will affect the eastern seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and of Mindanao.

“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.

Cada said that Tuesday temperature recorded in Metro Manila was at 18.3 degrees Celsius at 5:00 a.m., lower than Monday’s 19.8 degrees Celsius.

He said that the northeast monsoon will continue to bring in cold weather in the country until February.

Meanwhile, Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, will continue to experience chilly temperature as Tuesday temperature will range from 9 to 18 degrees Celsius. PNA

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