PAGASA: LPA off southern Luzon may develop into tropical depression in 24 to 48 hours

Published August 18, 2021, 5:38 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


The cloud cluster being monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has formed into a low pressure area (LPA) on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 18.

The LPA was at 1,545 kilometers east of southern Luzon or outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) as of 3 p.m.

Weather specialist Joey Figuracion said the LPA may enter the PAR on Thursday, Aug. 19, or Friday, Aug. 20 as a tropical depression.

Once inside the PAR and becomes a tropical depression, PAGASA will be giving it a local name “Isang.”

Figuracion pointed out that there is a slim chance that the potential cyclone will make landfall or traverse the country’s landmass at this time.

However, PAGASA will continue its monitoring regarding this weather disturbance as forecast scenarios may still change, he added.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the easterlies or the warm winds coming from the Pacific Ocean remain the dominant weather system that will affect the country.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy conditions with a high chance of isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening in the next 24 hours.

PAGASA warned the public against flash floods or landslides that may occur during severe thunderstorms, which are often associated with short-lived heavy rain, lightning, thunder, gusty winds, and sometimes hail.

The State weather bureau has not issued any gale warning on Wednesday afternoon thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.