Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers may prevail over Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas due to the combined effects of a low pressure area (LPA) and the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday, Oct. 22.
Weather specialist Benison Estareja said the LPA was spotted 525 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at around 3 a.m.
As of Friday’s forecast, Estareja said the weather disturbance has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression within 24 hours.
However, the LPA will likely bring rains over a large part of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao over the weekend through Monday.
The LPA will be moving westward and cross Visayas and Mindanao toward the Sulu Sea, then Palawan, and will be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday, Oct. 25, Estareja said.
Meanwhile, Batanes and Cagayan may continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to the northeasterly surface wind flow.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the ITCZ and localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA advised the public to remain vigilant against possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.