Pagasa: LPA to bring rain over Visayas, Mindanao

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Monday, January 13, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Moderate to occasional heavy rain is pouring over portions of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, the state weather bureau said Monday morning. The rain may continue for 2-3 hours, it said.

This rain is due to the low pressure area (LPA), state weather forecasters said.

At 4:00 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) estimated the LPA within the vicinity of Surigao del Sur.

Satellite photo of the Philippines (Source: US NOAA)

Eastern and Central Visayas, as well as Mindanao, will continue to experience heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

The rain may trigger landslides and flashfloods, Pagasa said.

Light to moderate rain and thunderstorms are expected over Bicol region, Mimaropa and the rest of Visayas, the state weather agency reported.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Hanging Amihan) directly affects Northern and Central Luzon.

Pagasa also said, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with isolated light rain.

"Strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, the eastern seaboards of Visayas, Mindanao and Davao del Sur," Pagasa said.

Meanwhile, Baguio City recorded its coldest temperature (yet) this season on Sunday.

The temperature in the Summer Capital of the Philippines dropped to 9.6 degrees Celsius, almost a notch lower than Saturday's record of 10.3 degrees.

Pagasa forecasters said the coldest months in Baguio City are usually January until February. This is due to the cold wind coming from China, brought about by the Northeast Monsoon. (SFP/Sunnex)

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