By Alexandria San Juan
The approaching low-pressure area (LPA) over Visayas and Mindanao embedded in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is expected to affect the country on Election Day, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.
According to PAGASA Weather Division chief Esperanza Cayanan, the two weather systems will most likely affect the Philippine archipelago during the midterm polls on Monday, May 13.
Based on the special weather outlook for the Election Day issued by PAGASA, Cayanan said Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the ITCZ beginning Sunday, May 12.
In Luzon, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with afternoon rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail especially over the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on Monday.
Light southwesterly to westerly winds will also be experienced over Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao, while light winds blowing from the southwest and southeast is expected over the rest of Luzon.
PAGASA advised voters to bring any protection for the expected rain showers.
Meanwhile, PAGASA continues to monitor the LPA spotted off 860 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur inside the Philippine area of responsibility.
The state weather bureau said the LPA embedded in the ITCZ will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Eastern Visayas, CARAGA, and in Davao Region today.
PAGASA warned residents in the areas affected by the ITCZ and LPA on possible flashfloods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
In Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, southwesterly surface wind flow will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.
While partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers is expected over the rest of the country due to localized thunderstorms