Low pressure area looms as tropical depression “Luis” moves out

Published August 24, 2018, 11:00 AM

by iManila Developer

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

While Tropical Depression “Luis” is moving out of the country, a low pressure area is brewing within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), strengthening the southwest monsoon that will bring scattered rains all over the country this weekend.


Chris Perez, senior weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), said Friday morning that the two weather disturbances are enhancing the southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’.

Based on its latest weather forecast, PAGASA spotted Luis at 430 kilometers north-northwest of Basco, Batanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 40 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kilometers per hour.

Luis is moving northeast at 1 kph and is expected to exit the northern boundary of PAR early Saturday.

The state weather bureau is also monitoring an LPA at 1,205 km east of Basco, Batanes. Perez said there is a possibility that the LPA will turn into a tropical depression this weekend.

PAGASA said that the southwest monsoon enhanced by these two weather disturbances will affect the western section of Northern and Central Luzon.

Monsoon rains will pour over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan, Batanes, and Babuyan group of islands.

Meanwhile, a generally hot and humid weather with partly cloudy skies and isolated rainshowers will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA warned teh public that flash floods and landslides are possible in the said areas due to moderate to occasionally heavy rains or thunderstorms.