New LPA off Pacific Ocean likely to enter PAR on Wednesday

Published September 24, 2019, 2:17 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz

A new low pressure area (LPA) off the Pacific Ocean will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday.


Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the LPA was still outside the PAR or at 1,180 kilometers east of Visayas on Tuesday morning.

He said the weather disturbance was still too far to affect the country.

PAGASA earlier said the LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone, but it may hit land and bring rains over the eastern section of Central or Southern Luzon in the next few days.

The weather bureau, however, is not ruling out the possibility of intensification into a tropical cyclone while the LPA is still at sea.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said the northeasterly surface wind flow will be the prevailing weather system that may affect the tip of Northern Luzon this Wednesday.

Batanes and Babuyan islands will have cloudy skies with rain showers and isolated thunderstorms due to the cold northeasterly surface wind flow.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers from localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA advised the public to remain alert for possible flash floods in low-lying areas and landslides over mountainous areas, especially during severe thunderstorms.

It is expected that the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will gradually weaken towards the end of September or early October to usher in the transition period to cold weather associated northeast monsoon or “amihan.”

Northeast monsoon prevails from late October to early March.