June 9, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday said a low pressure area (LPA) hovering inside the country will bring cloudy and rainy weather in many parts of the country in the next three days.
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the LPA, embedded in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), was spotted some 10 kilometers northeast of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.
PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja said the weather disturbance has a slim chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone.
However, he said it would still bring cloudy skies with light to occasionally heavy rains over parts of Mindanao, Visayas, and Bicol region today, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Estareja noted that the same weather scenario was expected in the Visayas and Southern Luzon tomorrow due to the LPA.
He said the weather disturbance will affect parts of Southern and Central Luzon, including Metro Manila, on Sunday.
Estareja added that the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains because of localized thunderstorms in the next three days.
PAGASA weather forecaster Shiela Reyes, on the other hand, said they expect the LPA to exit the country’s landmass on Monday as it continues to move towards the West Philippine Sea.
PAGASA expects one to two tropical cyclones to enter the country this month.
Reyes said the next tropical cyclone to visit the country will be named “Emong.” – RBA