New LPA forms east of Mindanao

Published December 3, 2020, 7:10 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The low pressure area (LPA) near Bicol region has already dissipated but a new LPA has formed east of Mindanao on Thursday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

Weather specialist Ana Clauren said the new LPA was estimated at 1,710 kilometers east of Mindanao on Thursday afternoon.

Clauren advised the public to continue to monitor this weather disturbance as it may enter the Philippine area of responsibility in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the tail-end of frontal system, or the boundary between the cold northeast monsoon and warm easterly winds, may continue to bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Ifugao, and Aurora on Friday.

The northeast monsoon or “amihan” may also bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, and Bataan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country may expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Areas that may be affected by the tail-end of frontal system and localized thunderstorms should take precautionary measures in case flash floods or landslides occur.

A gale warning remains in effect on Thursday afternoon due to the surge of northeast monsoon.

PAGASA said strong to gale force winds are expected to affect the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and western coastlines of  Luzon.

Rough to very rough seas may prevail over these coasts.

PAGASA advised fishing boats and other small boats not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were asked to remain alert against big waves.