By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The low pressure area (LPA) east of the Mindanao has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, but it has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA at 1,025 kilometers east of Surigao City on Thursday morning.
This weather disturbance is not expected to directly affect the country as it may dissipate any time Thursday. The two LPAs near Luzon have also dissipated last Wednesday.
Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, and the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela may experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the frontal system, an area where warm and cold air masses meet.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers from localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA warned of possible flash floods or landslides over low-lying and mountainous areas throughout the country, especially during severe thunderstorms.
Heavy rains over Metro Manila last Wednesday was due to a severe thunderstorm.
PAGASA earlier said that the occurrence of thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon or evening, becomes more frequent due to the approaching onset of southwest monsoon or habagat season usually in late May or early June.