LPA continues to bring light to moderate rains over Visayas, Mindanao

March 20, 2014 10:42 am 

MANILA, March 20 — The low pressure area (LPA) over Mindanao will continue to bring light to moderate rains over Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said that as 4:00 a.m., the LPA was estimated based on all available data at 270 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (8.5ºN, 128.9ºE).

Mendoza said the LPA has a slim chance to become a cyclone in the next 24 hours.

Once the LPA becomes a tropical depression, he said itwould be locally named “Caloy.”

He added the weather disturbance its expected to make landfall in between Northern Mindanao and Southern Visayas.

Mendoza said that due to the LPA, Eastern and Central Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms.

Mendoza further noted that Luzon including Metro Manila will be sunny to cloudy with possible isolated rains mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Mendoza said that other parts of Luzon including Metro Manila may experience hotter days due to the northeasterly surface windflow which is expected to bring warm winds to the eastern part of the country, resulting in more humid weather.

He said PAGASA has yet to declare the start of summer in the country as the “weak” northeast monsoon still prevails over Luzon.

He noted that termination of the northeast monsoon and with the easterlies replacing it as the dominant weather system in the country, will signal the start of the dry or summer season in the country.

The temperature in Metro Manila will range between 22-33 degrees Celsius for Thursday.

In another interview, weather forecaster Alvin Pura said Metro Manila experienced its hottest temperature yet this year, when temperature sizzled to 33.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday afternoon recorded at 3:00 p.m. in PAGASA’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City.

Pura said the latest reading surpassed the previous high of 33.7 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on Tuesday.

Based on the PAGASA’s climatological record, the hottesttemperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds from the east to northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast to northwest over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of northeasterly surface windflow will affect the eastern seaboard of Visayas and of Mindanao.

“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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