LPA to bring rains over eastern Visayas, Mindanao -PAGASA

December 24, 2012 12:43 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 24 — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday that the low pressure area (LPA) has entered in Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) will bring rains over eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 2 a.m. the LPA was spotted at 910 km East of Mindanao (8.0°N, 135.5°E) and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao.

Loiz said the LPA has a small chance to turn into a tropical cyclone but still the agency keeps monitoring.

He added the LPA will bring light to moderate rains over eastern Visayas and Mindanao including the Caraga region until Christmas day.

Loiz said the northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon including Metro Manila which will experience light passing rains.

In its special weather outlook for the Christmas holidays, PAGASA said the tail-end of the cold front and northeast monsoon will affect most parts of Eastern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

The rain will become frequent over the provinces of Surigao, Davao, Leyte and Samar on Dec. 24 and 25 due to the low-pressure area, it said.

"Residents living in low lying areas of Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures against flash floods and landslides," PAGASA advised.

On the other hand, PAGASA said the eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon will have light rain associated with the northeast monsoon.

It added the rest of the country will have good weather conditions apart from passing showers.

PAGASA advised fishing vessels and other sea crafts over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas to be alert against big waves generated by the monsoon surge which can be as high as three to six meters.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light rains.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Strong to gale-force winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon may affect the seaboards of Luzon and the Eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA said.

"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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