By Alexandria San Juan
Tropical Depression “Betty” (Wutip) weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) early Friday after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday night.
In its weather bulletin issued Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was spotted off 1,380 kilometers east of Appari, Cagayan.
PAGASA weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz said that while the weather disturbance was already inside PAR, the center of the LPA was far from any landmass and posed no direct threat in any part of the country.
Based on the bureau’s analysis, the LPA wass also expected to dissipate within 24 hours on Friday.
The LPA entered the PAR around 7 p.m. Thursday as Tropical Depression Betty, the second cyclone to enter the country this year after Tropical Depression Amang in January.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or “amihan” continues to stretch across the country bringing cooler weather especially at night until dawn.
Amihan will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Cagayan Valley Region, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga, and on the provinces of Aurora and Quezon.
In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy skies will prevail also due to the northeast monsoon.
No gale warning was raised, but the state weather bureau advised residents that coastal waters on the northern eastern section of the country will be moderate to rough.
Coastal waters in the rest of the country will be slight to moderate and moderate.