• Trough of LPA to bring rains over Mindanao, Eastern Visayas

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    The trough of a low pressure area will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over Mindanao and Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said on Wednesday.

    In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said the LPA outside the country may enter but is expected to only pass through the edges of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

    Mendoza said the LPA, which was spotted off Mindanao, was not likely to intensify into a cyclone.

    The agency continues to monitor the LPA which will be named “Alamid” in case it intensifies into a tropical depression and enters PAR.

    He added that the agency expects one to two cyclones to affect the country for the month of December.

    So far, 25 tropical cyclones have already entered the Philippine area of responsibility, the last of which was tropical depression “Zoraida.”

    Mendoza explained that the rain will be most felt in Caraga and Eastern Visayas due to the trough of the low-pressure area.

    He added the northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon will bring clouds with light rains over the regions of Cagayan, Cordillera and Ilocos and the province of Aurora.

    Mendoza said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to have fair weather with partly cloudy to cloudy skies and possible afternoon or eveningrains because of localized thunderstorms.

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

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

    PAGASA also warned of gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon affecting the northern seaboard of northern Luzon.

    “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 said. PNA

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