By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
The surge of northeast monsoon or amihan over the country has forced tropical cyclone “Tomas” (international name “Man-yi”) to weaken into a low pressure area (LPA) early Tuesday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA, formerly Tomas, at 1,060 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.
As such, good weather condition is expected over the entire country in the next few days.
The amihan will continue to be the dominant weather system over the country, particularly affecting the Northern and Central Luzon.
PAGASA said partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao, Mountain Province, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
While the LPA is not expected to affect the country, PAGASA still warned of risky sea travel over the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon due to rough to very rough seas associated with the surge of amihan.