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LPA likely to become cyclone – PAGASA

One of two low-pressure areas inside the country’s area of responsibility has an increasing chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone that may enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat.”

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the LPA at 1,280 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City has a high probability of developing into a tropical depression. Should it become a tropical cyclone, it will be given the local name “Karding.”

Mendoza said the weather disturbance is not seen to hit land but may induce monsoon rains over some parts of the country in the next few days.

On the other hand, he said the other LPA estimated at 615 kilometers west of Subic, Zambales is less likely to become a tropical cyclone.

Mendoza said the southwest monsoon will prevail over Southern Luzon and Visayas. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)