The low pressure area (LPA) east-southeast of Davao City could bring rains while traversing Mindanao or southern Visayas before the end of the week, a government weather forecaster said on Wednesday, March 10.
In its 5 a.m. weather report, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Benison Estareja said the LPA was estimated at 895 kilometers east-southeast of Davao City around 3 a.m., Wednesday.
The chance of the LPA becoming a tropical depression remains low but may cross Mindanao or the southern part of Visayas by Thursday, March 11, Estareja said.
“The LPA could possibly hit the southern portion of Mindanao on Thursday and cross the rest of Mindanao on Friday. In another scenario, the LPA could hit the northern portion of Mindanao, particularly Caraga region, then will cross the southern part of Visayas until Friday,” he explained.
“Nonetheless, whatever our scenario will be, we are still expecting rain in large parts of Visayas and Mindanao, and even Bicol region and Mimaropa (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), from now until until Friday,” he added.
Estareja said light to moderate rains to at times heavy rains may trigger possible flash floods and landslides in these areas.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or “amihan” still prevails over Luzon.
Cloudy skies with light amihan rains may persist over Batanes, Cagayan, Quirino, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light amihan rains may affect the rest of Luzon.
PAGASA said the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
It warned the public against severe thunderstorms that could trigger flash floods in low-lying areas or landslides in mountainous communities.