By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The trough of a low pressure area (LPA) inside the country and the tail-end of a cold front will continue to bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers over parts of Visayas and Mindanao this weekend.
In its latest weather bulletin issued Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was last spotted off 285 kilometers east-southeast of Davao City.
PAGASA earlier said that the LPA is unlikely to develop into a tropical depression.
However, the weather disturbance’s trough or extension, as well as the tail-end of a cold front, will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula.
PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza warned residents on possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered moderate, to at times, heavy rains.
In the rest of Mindanao, partly cloudy skies to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are expected caused by localized thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or “amihan” continued to prevail over the northern part of the country bringing cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon.
Amihan will also affect Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon which may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies.
The northeast monsoon or the cold winds from the northeast caused temperatures to drop in some parts of the country in the past days.
The lowest temperature so far this month was recorded in La Trinidad in Benguet at 6.3 degrees Celsius last February 3, and in Baguio City at 10.6 degrees Celsius last February 1.
In Metro Manila, the lowest temperature so far since January was recorded on February 4 at 18.5 degrees Celsius.
Also due to the surge of amihan, PAGASA raised a gale warning on the seaboards across the country.
Rough to very rough sea conditions are expected to affect the northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Luzon particularly the coasts of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, the coast of extreme Northern Quezon (General Nakar), northern and eastern coast of Polillo Islands (Panukulan), Northern Burdeos, northern and eastern coasts of Patnanungan, Jomalig, northern coasts of Camarines Provinces, northern and eastern coasts of Catanduanes, eastern coast of Rapu-Rapu Islands, eastern coast of Sorsogon Prieto Diaz, Gubat, and Barcelona.
A gale warning was also raised over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao including the northern and eastern coasts of Northern Samar, the eastern coast of Eastern Samar, and the eastern coast of Siargao Island.
The state weather agency warned that sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea crafts, over seaboards where a gale warning was raised due to strong to gale force winds and wave height of up to 4.5 meters.