By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
Expect moderate to heavy rainfall over the eastern sections of Luzon and Visayas this Tuesday, as a low pressure area (LPA) is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA at 715 kilometers (km) east of Surigao City in Surigao del Norte before Monday noon.
It may still intensify into a tropical depression within 24 hours, and will be given a local name of “Domeng,” PAGASA weather specialist Sheilla Reyes said.
Domeng will be the first cyclone to form inside the country’s area of responsibility this June. PAGASA earlier noted that one to two tropical cyclones may affect the country this month, with a possibility of making landfall over Northern or Central Luzon.
The brewing cyclone is continuously moving north but has a slim chance of making landfall over any part of the country, Reyes pointed out.
While it is unlikely that it will make landfall, she said the weather disturbance’s outer circulation may bring moderate to heavy rains that could trigger flash floods or landslides over low-lying or mountainous communities in the eastern part of Luzon and Visayas.
It could also set off the moisture-laden southwesterly surface wind flow over the western section of the country, which could mean that the wet or rainy season is imminent.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said Bicol Region, Palawan, and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have scattered light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.