LPA east of Catanduanes to bring rains to Metro, Bicol region, E. Visayas until Saturday

Published July 28, 2020, 10:20 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

A low pressure area (LPA) east of Catanduanes is seen to bring scattered to widespread rains over some parts of Luzon and Visayas as the weather disturbance moves closer to Bicol Region on Tuesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA at 65 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes around 3 p.m.

The LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression within 48 hours but may still significantly affect parts of the country.

Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains are likely to affect Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental within the next 24 hours.

The LPA may also bring scattered light to moderate rains with at times heavy rain showers over Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA advised the public especially those living in flood-prone or landslide-prone areas to take extra precautions during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Based on the PAGASA’s extended weather outlook for selected cities, a large part of the country, including Metro Manila, may continue to experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms until Saturday due to the resurgence of the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” weather specialist Samuel Duran said.

Cagayan de Oro City, Valencia City, and Davao City will have improved weather throughout the week, while Cebu City and Tacloban City will have improving conditions by Friday. 

Meanwhile, no gale warning has been raised in any part of the Philippines on Tuesday as slight to moderate seas will prevail across the country’s coasts. 

However, PAGASA still advised seafarers and fisherfolk using small boats to remain alert during severe thunderstorms as sea condition may become rough.