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Monsoon, low pressure to bring rains in Luzon, Mindanao

MANILA -- A low pressure area (LPA) and the southwest moonsoon are expected to bring rains over Luzon and Mindanao, the Philippine weather bureau reported Wednesday.

The weather bureau also reported that Tropical Storm Igme (international codename: Temblin) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday night and moves toward Korea, after it re-entered the country late Monday.

The LPA was spotted at 700 kilometers east of Mindanao. The weather bureau forecasted that Luzon and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the sections of northern and central Luzon.

Visayas, on the other hand, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Weather forecaster, Jori Loiz, said the LPA has a small chance to turn into a cyclone. He said the LPA in the sea is heading for landfall westward. He said should the LPA develop into a tropical cyclone, it will be locally named "Karen," the 11th typhoon to enter the Philippines this year.

The weather bureau also issued a gale warning as strong to gale-force winds enhanced by Tembin may affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

The gale warning issued to Ilocos provinces, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales and Bataan will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Batanes, Cagayan, and Isabela will also experience cloudy with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms.(Sunnex)

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