Habagat, trough of LPA to bring scattered rain showers, thunderstorms over parts of western Luzon, Mindanao

Published May 29, 2022, 11:07 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may prevail over some parts of Luzon and Mindanao because of the southwest monsoon and trough of a low pressure area (LPA), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday, May 29.

The southwest monsoon, locally called “habagat,” may bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan.

Davao Region and SOCCSKSARGEN (Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat) may also experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the trough of LPA.

Weather specialist Samuel Duran said the LPA, which was last spotted at 1,075 kilometers east-southeast of Mindanao, may enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday.

“Mababa ang tsansa maging bagyo ngunit maaaring lumapit sa eastern section ng Mindanao kaya patuloy ang pag-update ukol sa binabantayan nating LPA kung sakaling magbigay ng malalakas na pag-ulan sa Mindanao ay maglalabas tayo ng weather advisories (The chance of the LPA to intensify into a tropical cyclone is low but the weather disturbance may approach the eastern section of Mindanao. We will continue to update the public on the LPA that we are monitoring. We will issue weather advisories in case of heavy rains in Mindanao),” Duran said.

PAGASA warned against possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains brought by the habagat and trough of LPA.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Flash floods or landslides are also possible during severe thunderstorms, PAGASA warned.