Due to the combined effects of the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and the low pressure area (LPA), most parts of the country will continue to experience a rainy weather, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday, Nov. 19.
“Patuloy ang pag-ulan sa malaking bahagi ng bansa dahil pa rin ito sa ITCZ na siyang nakakaapekto sa malaking bahagi ng southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (Rain showers continue in most parts of the country due to the ITCZ which is affecting most of southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao),” said PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja in a public weather forecast.
ITCZ is an area where winds from the northeast and southeast hemispheres converge. This weather system is particularly affecting Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the southern portion of Aurora.
Individuals residing in the aforementioned areas were instructed to remain alert against rain-induced hazards such as flash floods and landslides during moderate to heavy rains.
“Yung LPA na ating mino-monitor ay nasa loob pa rin ng Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR). This LPA ay nakapaloob sa ITCZ at mababa ang chance na ito ay maging isang bagyo (The LPA we are monitoring is still within the PAR. This LPA is embedded in the ITCZ and it remained less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone),” Estareja furthered
The weather disturbance was last spotted 190 kilometers (km) east of General Santos City. According to Estareja, this LPA may dissipate within 48 hours.
No gale warning is in effect over the country’s seabords. Fishermen with small boats and other sea vessels are safe to sail.