PAGASA: New LPA has ‘low chance’ of developing into cyclone

Published June 3, 2021, 6:03 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The low pressure area (LPA) off the coast of Southern Luzon currently has a low chance of becoming a tropical cyclone, according to the state weather bureau.

Photo by PAGASA

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was spotted 820 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes at around 4 p.m. Thursday, June 3.

PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the weather disturbance is still in the middle of the sea, adding that its cloud formation has no direct effect yet over any part of the country.

“Basi sa ating pagtaya, ang LPA na ito ay mababa ang tsansa na maging isang bagyo (Based on our forecast, this LPA has a low chance of developing into a tropical cyclone),” Rojas said.

“Posible lang din na malusaw ito in the next 24 to 48 hours habang papalapit dito sa silangang bahagi ng Luzon (It is also possible that it will dissipate in the next 24 to 48 hours as it approaches the eastern part of Luzon),” he added.

The LPA entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, the agency said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said the tropical storm “Dante” has decelerated while moving northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.

The center of the storm was located at about 255 kilometers (km) west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur at around 4 p.m.

It maintained a maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph while moving northwestward at 25 kph.

The agency said cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the storm may affect Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Northern Palawan.

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