(Update) LPA continues to bring light rains over Luzon

March 25, 2014 9:34 am 

MANILA, March 24 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday that the low pressure area (LPA) near Palawan will continue to bring cloudy and rainy weather over parts of Luzon in the next 24 hours.

PAGASA said that as of 4 p.m. Monday, the LPA was estimated based on available data in the vicinity of Puerto Princesa City (9.7°N, 119.0°E).

Senior weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the weather disturbance is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) either Tuesday or Wednesday.

He added that once the LPA leaves the country, gradual improvement of weather condition is expected over Luzon.

Loiz also said temperatures in the country are projected to get warmer after the LPA exits the PAR.

The weather disturbance, which intensified into a tropical depression and was named “Caloy” last Friday, was downgraded back to an LPA after making landfall in Surigao del Sur last Saturday.

“Caloy” was the first tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine territory this month and the third for this year.

Loiz said the trough of the LPA is expected to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in the eastern section of Luzon.

The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with possible passing light rains mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and Mimaropa will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light rains.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also issued a gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeasterly surface wind flow, will affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of the Visayas.

"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.

Meanwhile, PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said the country will likely be storm-free until the end of the month.

However, he noted that PAGASA expects at least one storm to affect the country next month (April). (PNA)



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