The low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao may continue to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over several parts of Visayas and Mindanao in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 23.
The LPA was estimated at 625 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as of 3 p.m.
PAGASA senior weather specialist Chris Perez said the LPA still has a slim chance of developing into a tropical depression but its trough or extension may bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and Davao Region.
The public is advised to stay vigilant against possible flooding or landslides, especially those in areas vulnerable to these hazards.
Perez said the weather disturbance may dissipate or maintain its strength as it moves toward Mindanao in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.
PAGASA warned the public that the occurrence of severe thunderstorms may sometimes trigger flash floods or landslides.
Perez said the effect of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” has slightly weakened but a fresh surge of amihan is expected this week and will initially affect the northern Luzon area.