LPA to bring rains over Southern Palawan, Visayas, Mindanao

November 22, 2013 10:31 am 

MANILA, Nov. 22 — The weather disturbance spotted off Zamboanga City on Friday morning has a small chance to intensify into a cyclone, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical ServicesAdministration (PAGASA).

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 4:00 a.m., the low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted some 240 km west of Zamboanga City (07.3°N, 120.0°E)

Escullar said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone within the next 24 hours.

The LPA, which developed inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, could dissipate or exit PAR when it crosses the Sulu Sea, she explained.

She added the agency continues to monitor the LPA which will be named "Alamid" once it intensifies into a tropical depression.

Escullar said the LPA will bring light to moderate rainshowers over southern Palawan while the trough of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms over Visayas and Mindanao.

She added Bicol region will experience cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers due to the northeast monsoon while Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will be cloudy with rains due to the tail-end of the cold front.

Metro Manila, Ilocos Region and the rest of Central Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains while the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

She said most parts of the country including Metro Manila will continue to enjoy relatively good weather until weekend .

Until weekend, Escullar said that except for the Northern and Central Luzon as well as the eastern section of Southern Luzon, the rest of the country including Metro Manila will have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible afternoon or evening rains because of the localized thunderstorms.

On the other hand, she noted that Northern and Central Luzon including the eastern part of Southern Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains due to the effects of a tail-end of the cold front and northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”

She further noted that PAGASA is still expecting one more cyclone to affect the country before the month ends and at least two to three more storms before the end of the year.

PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

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

PAGASA issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Northeast Monsoon is expected to affect Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas.

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts 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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