Pagasa: Low Pressure Area enters country

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Sunday, January 6, 2013


MANILA -- The low pressure area (LPA) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday but will not yet directly affect the country, the state weather bureau said.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Forecaster Ricky Fabregas said that as of 2 a.m. Sunday, the LPA was at 910 km southeast of Mindanao and is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao.

Fabregas said Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers due to the ITCZ.

He added the agency continues monitoring the LPA that might intensify into a tropical depression. If it intensifies, it will be locally named “Biasing”, the second tropical cyclone to enter the country for this year.

However, Fabregas said the LPA may also dissipate since the cloud was disorganized.

“Sa ngayon patuloy ang monitor natin puwedeng magintensify into bagyo at pwede rin magdissipate dahil sa sabog o disorganized yung kaulapan kaya patuloy ang monitor natin,” Fabregas explained.

Meanwhile, Fabregas said that Luzon and Metro Manila will be spared from the effects of the potential cyclone.

However, he said that the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” will continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with occasional light rains over Northern Luzon.

The rest of Luzon including Metro Manila, will have sunny to partly cloudy skies with passing light rains mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

Pagasa also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Pagasa issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind associated with the surge of northeast monsoon is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of 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.

Meanwhile, in a special weather outlook, Pagasa said Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental will experience occasional to frequent moderate to heavy (5 to 15 mm per hour) rains on Sunday.

The rains are forecasted to intensify until Tuesday, Jan. 7.

"Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental will experience cloudy with occasional to frequent moderate to heavy rains (3.0 – 10.0 mm/hr) on Monday (January 6) and Tuesday (January 7)," Pagasa said. (PNA)

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