LPA east of Mindanao being watched

Published July 22, 2020, 5:33 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a new low pressure area (LPA) that has formed east of Mindanao on Wednesday afternoon.

The LPA was estimated at 760 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur around 3 p.m.

PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said the LPA has no direct effect yet over any part of the country as of Wednesday. 

But in the next 24 hours, Perez said the LPA and the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) may begin to affect the northern part of Mindanao.

By Thursday, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

This particular LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, as it may dissipate while moving close to land, Perez said.

The remnants of an LPA that has already dissipated last Tuesday may also continue to bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over Palawan until Thursday, he added.

The rest of Luzon will be generally hot and humid but PAGASA is not discounting the possibility of rain showers in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA advised the public to remain alert against possible short-lived heavy rains that may trigger flash floods or landslides in high-risk areas.

Perez said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” also remains weak within the next three days as the prevailing winds are mostly from the southeast.