By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) that formed east of Visayas on Sunday.
According to PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza, the LPA was at 2,195 kilometers east of Visayas or still outside the Philippine area of responsibility.
The trough or extended cloudiness of the LPA is already bringing scattered rain showers over some parts of Mindanao, he added.
Meanwhile, Mendoza said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will continue to affect the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon.
Batanes and Babuyan group of islands can expect cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms this Monday.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
This month, one or three more cyclones may likely enter or make landfall over the country. Typhoon “Hanna” (Lekima) was the first cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility in August, and the eighth this year.
The rainfall for the month is predicted to be generally near normal with areas of above normal rainfall conditions in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Metro Manila, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, and most parts of Eastern Visayas.