Rains expected over Visayas, Mindanao due to trough of LPA

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Rains are expected in several parts of the country on Monday due to the trough or extension of a low-pressure area, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said the LPA was still over south east of Mindanao or below the island’s landmass, outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

He said that they do not expect the LPA to intensify into a cyclone and enter the Philippine territory anymore.

Mendoza added that it was likely that the Christmas holidays would be cyclone-free.


Due to the trough or extended cloudiness of the LPA, Mindanao, Eastern and Central Visayas and the province of Aurora will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms on Monday.

But on Christmas eve, the Eastern Visayas, which includes areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers due to wind convergence of easterlies and northeast monsoon, Mendoza explained.

He added several parts of the country will also experience isolated rainshowers on Christmas.

He also said that northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon with Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Cordillera regions to experience cloudy skies with light rains.

He noted the rest of the country including Metro Manila will experience good weather with partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas, with waters along these coasts to be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.

PAGASA also said strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon will affect the seaboards of northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central and southern Luzon, and Eastern Visayas.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts along these coasts are advised against venturing out to the sea, while larger sea vessels are alerted against heavy seas. PNA

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