LPA to bring heavy rains in VisMin

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

MANILA -- The low pressure area (LPA) affecting Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga and Davao del Norte will have moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslide, the state weather bureau said Sunday.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the LPA was estimated at 200 km East of Catarman, Eastern Samar as of 4 a.m., even as the northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon.

Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the LPA has a small chance of intensifying into a tropical depression but the agency continues to monitor its movement.

Aurelio also said Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rain, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief light rain.

In its advisory, Pagasa said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and The Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.

Pagasa also said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon.

"Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon continue to experience cold weather due to the northeast monsoon.

The temperature in Metro Manila is 21 degrees Celsius recorded at Science Garden, Quezon City on Sunday morning, Aurelio said.

He added that the temperature in Baguio City, the country's summer capital, is from 12-24 degrees Celsius for Sunday.

The weather agency said the cold weather was due to the presence of the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” that will prevail until mid-March.

The northeast monsoon or seasonal winds from the northeast is the cold air from mainland China that starts to blow into the country every late October. (PNA/Sunnex)

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