Trough of LPA brings light to moderate rains over Eastern Mindanao

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Expect Mindanao to have cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains due to a trough of a low-pressure area (LPA), the state weather forecaster said on Wednesday.

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In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that the LPA still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) is not expected to enter the country and thus has a slim chance to intensify into a cyclone.

He added that the agency continues to monitor the LPA which will be named “Caloy”, the third cyclone of the year, in case it intensifies into a tropical depression inside the country.

Due to trough or extended cloudiness of LPA, the Caraga and Davao regions will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, he said.

Although fair weather is expected in most parts of the country including Metro Manila, Aurelio advised the public to still bring umbrellas and rain gears due to the presence of the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon and the Visayas.

He said the metropolis and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas are forecast to have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible occurrence of light showers due to the effect of the northeast monsoon or hangin amihan.

Cagayan Valley, Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and the provinces of Quezon and Aurora, on the other hand, will experience cloudy skies with light rains also because of the northeast monsoon.

He added that the rest of Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon and will affect the eastern seaboard of the country.

“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. PNA

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