New LPA threatens PH; rains to prevail in Luzon, Mindanao

Published October 17, 2020, 8:38 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

A new low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao could enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and may bring rains over the country in the coming days.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said the LPA was estimated 1,660 kilometers east of Mindanao or still outside the PAR early Saturday.

It has no direct effect yet over the country this weekend.

For now, the southwest monsoon or “habagat” and the northeasterly surface wind flow remain the dominant weather systems that will affect the archipelago.

Scattered light to moderate “habagat” rains and thunderstorms will be felt in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur.

PAGASA warned of possible flash floods or landslides due to the southwest monsoon.

Light rains due to the northeasterly surface wind flow or slight breeze coming from the northeast may prevail over Aurora, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Apayao.

Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales may also have isolated light rains from the northeasterly wind flow.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms and “habagat.” Possible flash floods and landslides may occur due to the occurrence of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.

A gale warning remains in effect due to rough to very sea conditions over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is still risky over these areas, especially for those using small boats.