By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
A low pressure area (LPA) east of the country will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility between Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the LPA was estimated at 1,275 kilometers east-southeast of Davao City on Thursday morning.
The LPA still has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone but Rojas said the weather disturbance may move near the landmass of Mindanao in the next few days. It is currently moving northwestward.
He advised the public to continue monitoring updates regarding this weather disturbance for possible change in scenario.
PAGASA on Thursday has not issued a gale warning across the country’s coasts thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.
Meanwhile, the weather bureau said the warm and humid weather may persist in the coming days due the ridge of high pressure area extending across Northern and Central Luzon, and the easterlies affecting the rest of the country.
These weather systems could bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers over most of the country.
Sudden but short-lived rains or thunderstorms, especially in the late afternoon or early evening, will become more prevalent as the country transitions from the warm and dry episode to the wet or southwest monsoon season, locally called “habagat.”