Low Pressure Area spotted near Mindanao – Pagasa-A A +A
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted a low pressure area (LPA) near Mindanao Wednesday morning.
Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression but the agency still continues to monitor it.
Once the LPA develops into a cyclone, it will be locally named “Auring” - the first tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine territory for the year 2013.
Pagasa is expecting zero to one storm to affect the country this month, Aurelio said.
However, even if the LPA will not strengthen into a cyclone, he said it would still bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over Mindanao and some parts of Visayas starting Thursday.
As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, the LPA embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone was estimated at 1,020 kilometers (km) southeast of Mindanao.
Northern Luzon, on the other hand, will experience light rains due to the effects of the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”
The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers due to the localized convection.
In its advisory, the weather bureau said Cagayan Valley and the Provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light rains, while Leyte Provinces and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas.
Pagasa also issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon. .
"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," Pagasa said. (PNA/Sunnex)