The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration continues to monitor a low pressure area east of the country that may develop into a tropical depression before the weekend.
According to PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin, the LPA was estimated at 2,415 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur or still outside the country’s area of responsibility Wednesday morning.
PAGASA had earlier said the LPA has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression before its entry into the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday or Friday.
The potential tropical cyclone has no direct effect yet over any part of the country as of Wednesday. Once it becomes a tropical depression inside the country’s vicinity, PAGASA said the first tropical cyclone this year and this month will be given the local name “Amang.”
Bulquerin said the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will still be the dominant weather system until Thursday.
The amihan will bring cloudy skies with light rains over Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail over Visayas, Metro Manila, and the rest of Luzon.
Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. The public is warned of possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)