LPA expected to enter PHL Sunday

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Friday, April 4, 2014

THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday that a low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) is expected to enter by Sunday.

Pagasa weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that the LPA is still far from the country and was spotted some 2,000 kilometers (km) east of southern Mindanao.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has already categorized the weather disturbance as tropical depression.

However, Mendoza said the JMA has its own criteria, different from Pagasa, in upgrading an LPA to a cyclone.

He added that once the weather disturbance enters PAR, it will bring rains over eastern Visayas and Mindanao as it moves west northwest.

Based on models, Mendoza said the LPA has a chance to become a tropical depression because its in the sea.

In case it intensifies into a tropical depression, he said it will be named "Domeng," the fourth cyclone to affect the country this year, Mendoza said.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said until weekend, the entire archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening due to easterlies affecting the eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon.

Mendoza said that expect the temperature in Metro Manila to continue to rise on Friday as the temperature will range from 24 to 35 degrees Celsius.

He also said that the hottest temperature that was recorded in Metro Manila so far this year was 35.7 degrees Celsius last March 28.

On Thursday, the highest temperature was recorded at 37.2 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, followed by Subic, Zambales with 36.9, Dagupan City in Pangasinan with 36.5 and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, with 36.0 degrees Celsius while Metro Manila's temperature reached 35.3 degrees Celsius.

He said that in Visayas region, Mactan in Cebu recorded 31.2 degrees Celsius. In the Mindanao area, General Santos City 35.4 degrees Celsius and Davao had 33.5.

But so far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Tuguegarao at 37.9 degrees Celsius recorded last March 31.

Based on the Pagasa’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969. (PNA)

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