Weather Update: LPA embedded in ITCZ brings heavy rains over Visayas, Mindanao

June 6, 2013 9:46 pm 

MANILA, June 6 — The low pressure area (LPA) moves closer in Mindanao and continues to affect the region, the state weather bureau said on Thursday afternoon.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Weather Forecaster Chris Perez said that as of 4:00 p.m. today, the LPA embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) was estimated at 440 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (9.5°N, 130.5°E) affecting Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao.

Perez said that Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides while Bicol region and the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

He said the weather disturbance is unlikely to develop into a tropical cyclone but the agency continues to monitor and in case it becomes a cyclone it will be locally named “Dante.”.

“Maliit yung tsansa maging bagyo pero patuloy ang pagmonitor natin for the past three hours ang pagkilos nito north northeast direction palabas ng bansa pero kung magbago at kumilos northern part of the country maaring mgtrigger at magdeklara tayo ng onset rainy season dahil maeenhance nito ang habagat,” Perez explained over the phone interview.

But he reiterated that the criteria for declaring the start of the wet season have yet to be met.

Aside from the southwest winds, the amount of rainfall in at least five weather bureau stations across the country must reach 25 millimeters in volume for five straight days before PAGASA can declare the onset of the rainy season.

As of now the LPA will brings heavy rains over Mindanao and Visayas while Luzon including Metro Manila will be sunny to partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due localized thunderstorms, Perez said.

He added that scattered rainshowers expected this coming weekend in most parts of the country.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that the light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. (PNA)

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