By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The low pressure area (LPA) west of the Philippines has already left the country’s area of responsibility on Tuesday morning.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA at 470 kilometers west-northwest of Puerto Princesa City around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
This weather disturbance will likely develop into a tropical depression within the day but it will already be far from the country.
So far, Central and Southern Luzon were still expected to experience light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains as of Tuesday.
Meanwhile, PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA warned that the occurrence of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening could possibly trigger flash floods in low-lying areas or landslides in mountainous regions.
Meanwhile, the water elevation of Metro Manila’s main water source, Angat Dam, slightly increased on Tuesday at 185.42 meters from 185.28 meters the previous day.
But the water reservoir is still below its 210-meter normal high water level this time of the year but remains above its 180-meter low water level.
La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, however, dipped 0.11 meters to 77.23 meters on Tuesday from 77.34 meters last Monday. It is just more than a meter below its normal level of 78-79 meters.