LPA east-southeast of GenSan less likely to intensify into tropical depression – PAGASA

Published March 29, 2021, 11:31 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the low pressure area (LPA) east-southeast of South Cotabato may not develop into a tropical depression as it has weakened on Monday, March 29.

In its 11 a.m. weather advisory, PAGASA estimated the location of the LPA at 540 kilometers east-southeast of General Santos City or outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

“This LPA remains less likely to enter PAR and less likely to develop into a tropical depression,” PAGASA said.

However,  some scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms may still affect Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, and General Santos City.

Those in these areas were warned of possible flash floods or landslides triggered by moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers caused by the easterlies and localized thunderstorms.

Warm and humid weather conditions may prevail across most parts of the country due to the prevalence of the easterlies or warm and humid winds coming from the Pacific Ocean.

Based on the PAGASA’s extended weather outlook for key areas from March 30 to April 2, maximum air temperatures will be 33-34 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila, 34-35 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City, 25-26 degrees Celsius in Baguio City, 31 degrees Celsius in Tagaytay City, 33 degrees Celsius in Puerto Princesa City, 32-33 degrees Celsius in Metro Cebu, 31-33 degrees Celsius in Metro Davao, and 34-35 degrees Celsius in Zamboanga City.

However, severe thunderstorm activity may occur from late afternoon until early evening, which could trigger flash floods over low-lying communities or landslides in mountainous areas, PAGASA warned.